Tyco Deploys Bookham 980nm OceanBright Pump Laser Undersea

Bookham, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKHM), a leading provider of optical components, modules and subsystems, announced that the company’s 980nm OceanBright(tm) pump laser technology has been selected by Tyco Telecommunications (US) Inc. for deployment in its undersea cable systems.

Tyco Telecommunications, a pioneer of undersea communications technology, has chosen Bookham to be the lead supplier of 980nm pump laser modules. The products will be used in erbium doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs), which are, in turn, incorporated into repeaters that form a critical element of undersea cable systems around the world.

“As the leading provider of 980nm pumps, Bookham was the logical choice to supply pump modules for our undersea systems and will enable Tyco Telecommunications to remain at the forefront of the world’s most advanced and cost-effective turnkey solutions,” said Harold Conlon, Director Supply Chain at Tyco Telecommunications. “The quality and reliability of the Bookham terrestrial module has been established over many years. This experience has established the building blocks to adapt the Bookham pump technology for the extremely demanding requirements of the undersea market.”

The Bookham design team has many years of experience with undersea requirements and Tyco Telecommunications has been using the Bookham chip technology since 1999. The latest pump module in the OceanBright(tm) laser portfolio incorporates the Bookham generation eight laser chip (G08) – a continuation of a previous generation of laser chips qualified for submarine use. It is capable of exceeding 400mW at operating temperatures of 0°C to 45°C, and complies with multi source agreement requirements for use in uncooled applications. It is one of a range of pump products from Bookham, which includes ultra high power cooled butterfly and uncooled high power singlemode and multimode pumps.

“The selection by Tyco Telecommunications – one of the key players in this market – is a considerable endorsement of our technology,” said Mark Ives, PLM Director, at Bookham. “Demand for submarine systems can be cyclical, resulting in potentially high requalification and start-up costs for dedicated undersea production lines. The ability to apply the Bookham 980nm pump technology to both terrestrial and submarine systems enables continuous production, resulting in production cost savings.”

The reliability of the Bookham 980nm pump laser technology has already been proven with over 350,000 units shipped and 14 billion device hours with less than 25 FIT.

About Bookham
Bookham, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKHM) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of optical components, modules and subsystems. The company’s optical components, modules and subsystems are used in various applications and industries, including telecommunications, data communications, aerospace, industrial and military. Since 2002, the company has acquired the optical components businesses from Nortel Networks and Marconi, as well as Ignis Optics, Inc., the business of Cierra Photonics Inc., New Focus, Inc., and Onetta, Inc. The company has manufacturing facilities in the UK, US, Canada, China and Switzerland; and offices in the US, UK, Canada, France and Italy and employs approximately 2000 people worldwide.

Bookham and all other Bookham, Inc. product names and slogans are trademarks or registered trademarks of Bookham, Inc. in the USA or other countries.

About Tyco Telecommunications
Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services, is a leading global supplier for today’s undersea communications requirements.
Drawing on its heritage of technical innovation and industry recognized performance, the company delivers the most reliable, high-quality solutions to organizations with undersea communications needs vital to their core mission. In more than five decades of operation, Tyco Telecommunications has designed, manufactured, and installed more than 80 undersea fiber optic systems around the world. Tyco Telecommunication’s global presence, backed by industry leading research and development laboratories, manufacturing facilities, installation and maintenance ships, depots, and management team work together to implement integrated solutions and network upgrades, with unsurpassed reliability, that support the needs of telecommunications, Internet providers, offshore and science customers worldwide.