September 22, 2009 03:01 ET

JDSU Qualifies New 980nm Pump Laser Package for Telecom Networks

New Cost-Effective Solution Designed to Help NEMs Achieve Power Savings Within Optical Networks

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwire - September 22, 2009) - JDSU (NASDAQ: JDSU) (TSX: JDU) today announced that it has met the Telcordia qualification requirements for a new 980nm pump laser package, called the SP Platform. The new pump laser package is designed to help network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) lower costs and power consumption within optical networks. JDSU will also be able to reduce lead times for the new product by 50 percent compared to older designs, based on its simplified and lean manufacturing process.

980nm pump lasers are used to power erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs), a critical optical component that regenerates weakened network signals traveling long distances over agile optical networks (AONs). Service providers are deploying AONs to provide flexible network infrastructures that can meet increasing consumer demand for the voice, video and data applications that are driving higher internet traffic levels.

"As NEMs focus on supporting an increased amount of network capacity, the energy requirements of modules that support the infrastructure can skyrocket," said Toby Strite, marketing director of Optical Components and Integrated Modules for the CCOP business segment at JDSU. "JDSU's new 980nm pump laser is a low cost solution that can help operators reduce the amount of power needed to support these increasing demands, which is especially critical in today's economic environment."

Key benefits of the SP Platform include:

--  Next generation terrestrial package based on proprietary JDSU
--  Reliable chip technology that can operate at 45 Celsius ©, which can
    reduce system cooling requirements by up to 60 percent compared to the
    previous 25 C chip temperature standard.
--  Lean production that reduces product lead time by 50 percent.
--  Same form, fit and function of previous product for convenient
    replacement of existing designs.

The SP Platform will be on display at JDSU Booth # 701 at the 2009 ECOC Conference from September 21-23, 2009 in Vienna, Austria and will be generally available in late October 2009.

How Pump Lasers Power Agile Optical Networks

As light is transmitted through AONs, signal degradation occurs over distances of approximately 60 to 100 kilometers. EDFAs are positioned throughout networks to regenerate weakened signals. An EDFA relies on an optical fiber that is "doped" with the element erbium, which efficiently converts pump laser energy to replicate signal light in a 1550nm band. 980nm pump lasers are preferred due to their low noise amplification, low power consumption, reliability, and competitive price.

About JDSU

JDSU (NASDAQ: JDSU) (TSX: JDU) enables broadband and optical innovation in the communications, commercial and consumer markets. JDSU is the leading provider of communications test and measurement solutions and optical products for telecommunications service providers, cable operators, and network equipment manufacturers. JDSU is also a leading provider of innovative optical solutions for medical/environmental instrumentation, semiconductor processing, display, brand authentication, aerospace and defense, and decorative applications. More information is available at

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