SOURCE: Finisar

September 22, 2008 05:00 ET

Finisar Brings Increased Reliability and Flexibility to Satellite and CATV Distribution Applications

New 1310nm Optical Components Reduce Cost While Meeting SMPTE 424ME Test Matrix Specifications

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - September 22, 2008) - ECOC BRUSSELS -- Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR), a global technology leader in fiber optic solutions for high speed networks, today announced availability of four new 1310nm optical components designed to meet the stringent specifications of high-speed video applications. Based on the emerging SMPTE 424ME standard for 3 Gbps SDI (3G-SDI) data transmissions, these components consist of FP and DFB lasers, and PIN or PIN+TIA receivers. These devices are specifically designed for Satellite and CATV broadcast equipment and modules. These new optical components will be on display at Finisar's booth #379 at ECOC in Brussels, September 22-24.

Part of the challenge in designing equipment to 3G-SDI is maintaining a significant jitter injection margin. Analog modulation is required for video applications and is a potential source of loss resulting in reduced video quality. The new 1310nm components are built with Finisar's patented laser and optical assembly technologies, and are designed to withstand the test matrixes called out in the 3G-SDI standard.

Finisar's new optical components simplify video equipment development by preserving signal integrity across links so engineers have more margin and therefore greater flexibility in focusing their design resources, resulting in faster time-to-market. In addition, both pigtailed and bulkhead mounted versions are available, giving engineers multiple options in designing broadcast equipment. Low-cost internal manufacturing capabilities also enable Finisar to bring these components to market with competitive pricing.

"Video applications are vulnerable to quality degradation unless sufficient signal integrity margin is maintained," said Jim Tatum, director of marketing at Finisar's Advanced Optical Components. "Finisar's proven optical technology will help establish its presence in the high-speed video market by enabling its customers to exceed SMPTE 424ME specifications."

Finisar has released four new components including the FP-1310-5I-50SMF-xx FP laser, DFB-1310-4I-50SMF-xx DFB lasers, PIN-1310-50SMF-xx PIN photodiodes, and a PIN-1310-2I-LC PIN+TIA receiver. Each component includes electrical flex circuit or pin interface options, as well as robust pigtails which can be customized on length and connector type. The PIN-1310-2I-LC PIN+TIA receiver is designed to be paired with Finisar's FP-1310-5I-LCA. All components are sampling now and will be available in volume production by Q4 2008.

For more information about Finisar's proven optical communication solutions, visit www.finisar.com or contact a Finisar Solution Expert at 1.408.548.1000 or sales@finisar.com.

About Finisar

Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) is a global technology leader for fiber optic subsystems and network test systems that enable high-speed voice, video and data communications for networking, storage, wireless, and cable TV applications. For more than 20 years, Finisar has provided critical optics technologies to system manufacturers to meet the increasing demands for network bandwidth and storage. Finisar is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, USA with R&D, manufacturing sites, and sales offices worldwide. For additional information, visit www.finisar.com.

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