Opto/RF Communications

Bluetooth Switch Reference Design from ON Semiconductor Uses Only Harvested Energy

Phoenix, Arizona-based firm ON Semiconductor, introduced its Bluetooth Low Energy Switch reference design that operates entirely from harvested energy. The platform demonstrates how the RSL10 System-in-Package (SIP) can enable Bluetooth 5 devices that are battery-less and entirely self-powered. Potential applications include lighting control, building automation, and asset tracking. The Energy Harvesting …

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3D-Sensing and 5G Markets Focus of II-VI’s Finisar Acquisition

Compoundsemi component maker II-VI of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA, reported that it plans to acquire optical communications firm Finisar of Sunnyvale, California USA. The intended focus of the combined firm will be on the 3D-sensing and 5G markets. The Boards of Directors of both II-VI and Finisar unanimously approved the merger …

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II-VI Inc. and Sumitomo Collaborate on GaN-on-SiC

II‐VI Incorporated,a compound semiconductor solution provider, reported that the company began a strategic collaboration with Sumitomo Electric Device Innovations, Inc., (SEDI) a subsidiary of Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. The collaboration aims to establish a vertically integrated, 150 mm wafer fabrication platform for producing gallium nitride (GaN) on silicon carbide (SiC) …

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Infinera Closes Acquisition of Coriant and Becomes One of the Largest Optical Network Equipment Providers

Infinera of Sunnyvale, California USA, a provider of intelligent transport networks, announced the closing of its acquisition of Coriant, a privately held global supplier of open network solutions. According to Infinera, the acquisition positions it as one of the largest vertically integrated optical network equipment suppliers in the world. The closing …

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100G Lambda MSA Consortium Members Release Updated Specifications and Collaborate to Validate Optical Interoperability at 100 GbE and 400 GbE

 The 100G Lambda Multisource Agreement (MSA) Group, which has quickly expanded to 39 member companies, has announced the release D2.0 of three specifications based on 100 Gb/s per wavelength PAM4 optical technology. These specifications target applications for data centers and service provider networks, enabling multi-vendor interoperability of optical transceivers produced …

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Custom MMIC Launches Line of GaAs Digital Step Attenuators (DSA)

Custom MMIC of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, a developer of monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs), has introduced a new product line of GaAs Digital Step Attenuators (DSA). The company intends the DSA family to facilitate the design of high dynamic range receivers and instrumentation. Notably, these applications often must achieve gain control of …

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PASSION Project Attempts Using VCSELs for Ultra-High-Speed, Long-Distance Data Transmission

Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers or VCSELs are laser diodes that are inexpensive to make and more energy efficient than standard lasers. Now, a group of EU-funded researchers intends to use VCSELs to deliver ultra-high-speed broadband across long distances. This effort has the potential to end the data bottlenecks experienced …

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Skyworks Solutions, Inc. of Irvine, California USA, revealed the latest products from its 5G enabling platform Sky5™. Skyworks designed the company’s extraordinarily compact wideband 16-state antenna aperture tuners to improve efficiency and enhance bandwidth coverage from 600 MHz to 6 GHz for LTE Advanced Pro to emerging 5G standards, across …

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Advantech receives One Million Dollar Order from Military Customer

Baylin Technologies Inc. reported that a military customer ordered its GaN-based satellite communication (SATCOM) block up converters (BUCs) from Advantech Wireless Technologies Inc. its Dorval, Quebec subsidiary. “Our customers appreciate the exceptional linearity and operating efficiency our products offer. The GaN X-band line of solid state power amplifiers (SSPAs) is extremely versatile …

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