Bookham Introduces 980nm Pump Laser Module

Bookham, Inc. (Nasdaq: BKHM), a leading provider of optical components, modules and subsystems, announced the launch of what is believed to be the world’s most powerful 980nm pump laser module. The module, which delivers a ‘kink-free’ power output of 750mW, is being unveiled at OFC/NFOEC 2007.

The new module, which will be displayed at the Bookham stand (number 2125), is the latest in the Bookham LC96 pump module portfolio and forms a key component of next-generation erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs). The increased output power of the new pump module will also enable significant cost reductions in terrestrial legacy systems by reducing the number of pumps required. Similar pump technology from Bookham is being deployed in next-generation submarine applications, which require high power and extremely high reliability.

“The Bookham pump laser modules are recognised globally for their reliability, a fact that has been demonstrated by the selection of our products for submarine deployment,” said Mark Ives, PLM Director at Bookham. “With over 400,000 units shipped, 16 billion device hours, and a failure in time rate of 19 FIT customers have confidence in our pump laser technology. Our new 750mW module will continue this tradition of high performance and unparalleled reliability.”

The new pump module incorporates the Bookham generation eight laser chip (G08) – a continuation of a previous generation of laser chips qualified for use in both terrestrial and submarine applications. The industry-leading performance and reliability of the G08 laser chip also makes it ideally suited for high performance uncooled applications. Other products in the Bookham pump module portfolio include the OceanBright(TM) high power submarine pump; a high power cooled butterfly; a high power uncooled MiniDIL pump; and a high power uncooled multimode pump. These products are fully RoHS compliant.

Bookham is showcasing a range of products at OFC/NFOEC 2007, including its tunable, pluggable and pump portfolios. The company is participating in the OSA Executive Forum on Monday 26, March and will present a paper entitled Zero Chirp 10Gb/s MQW InP Mach Zehnder Transmitter with Full-band Tunability on Wednesday 28, March.

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.

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