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16-month old, $24m funded, InP component co VSK Photonics intros 10, 12.5, 40 Gbit/s receiver units
Announced Date: 4/16/2002 Published Date: 4/18/2002

$24 million funded VSK Photonics, of Lake Forest, California, a supplier of InP based active photonic components, announced three new receiver products produced in its 260 square metre, Class 100, in-house Indium Phosphide fabrication facility, which is claimed to have a capacity of 10 million devices per annum. The three receiver products are:

  1. VSK10R01: a 5 volt 10 Gbit/s OEIC receiver module, incorporating an active photodetector circuit with an integrated pre-amplifier and designed to provide APD-like performance while operating at low voltages. The VSK10R01 provides optical sensitivity of -25 dBm, a dynamic range greater than 20dB, bandwidth greater than 8.5 GHz and high conversion gain of greater than 7000 V/W. It is targeted at replacing APD receivers in metro and LH systems but also said to have applications in client and line-side terminal equipment, transponders, extended reach, and optical performance monitoring.

  2. VSK12R01: also a 5 volt device, incorporating a high-performance photodetector with an integrated pre-amplifier, and designed to provide 12.5 Gbit/s performance while operating at low voltages, as well as optical sensitivity up to -20dBm, a dynamic range greater than 20dB, and a bandwidth greater than 12 GHz. The VSK12R01 is described as ideally suited for ULH applications with FEC.

  3. VSK40R01: well-suited to handling FEC overhead, the VSK40R01 incorporates a waveguide photodetector to provide high data-rate communication, with a responsivity of 0.9 A/W. The device is described as ideally suited to replace surface-illuminated pin-based receivers in LH systems.

VSK Photonics was formed in December 2000 and states its mission as to become a leading supplier of innovative and performance differentiated optoelectronic components and modules, focusing on 40 Gbit/s InP-based products, to meet the evolving needs of the telecommunications industry.