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Bookham, Inc. (BKHM) Rolls Out 40Gb/s Modulator Chip; On Display at OFC/NFOEC Next Week

Bookham, Inc. (BKHM) Rolls Out 40Gb/s Modulator Chip; On Display at OFC/NFOEC Next Week

Bookham, Inc. (Nasdaq: BKHM) designs, manufactures and markets optical components, modules and subsystems to separate light signals for use in fiber optics telecommunications networks. The company recently announced its development and demonstration of an ultra small, 5mm 40Gb/s Optical Differential Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (ODQPSK) modulator chip.

According to the press release, the chip will be implemented through Mach Zehnder (InP MZ) proprietary indium phosphide technology in collaboration with Bookhams tunable laser for use in the 40Gb/s market.

Combining The Bookham InP TL5000 Wideband Tunable iTLA with 40Gb/s MZ modulator chips from Bookhams UK 3” water fab will allow the company to demonstrate innovation within the growing 40Gb/s space, applicable to both 10 and 40Gb/s systems.

“The capability to offer high bit rate performance with our fully qualified, proven tunable laser and InP MZ modulator is crucial as vendors continue to evolve towards 40Gb/s networks,” PLM Director Adam Price said in the press release. “40Gb/s roll out is still hampered by prohibitive pricing as we see 40Gb/s systems costing in excess of 10 times a 10Gb/s system. With our vertically integrated InP core technology and strength in the 10Gb/s market, we are able to drive significant disruption in order to enable 40Gb/s systems to be adopted at a cost point that allows widespread adoption.”

The company’s LambdaFLEX(TM) range of tunable products will be on show at the Bookham booth (#1334) at OFC/NFOEC, next week in San Diego.

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