Bookham Leads Telecom Pump Module Market with Half-a-Million Units Shipped

Bookham Leads Telecom Pump Module Market with Half-a-Million Units Shipped

20 billion field hours achieved since introduction of technology in 1995

San Jose, CA – Bookham, Inc., has today announced the shipment of its 500,000th 980nm pump laser module to the telecoms industry. The milestone firmly establishes Bookham as one of the leaders in this market, with over 20 billion device hours accumulated in the field and industry leading FIT rate. The latest products from this portfolio, including the flagship 750mW pump module, will be on show at the Bookham booth (#1334) at the OFC exhibition, taking place in San Diego, 26 – 28 February.

“We have been shipping this technology to tier 1 telecoms equipment manufacturers for well over 10 years and have built a reputation for industry leading performance and reliability.” said PLM Director, Mark Ives. “The 980nm pump portfolio continues to be a strategic and key business segment for Bookham, with ownership of the core technology providing the basis for a broad and successful product set. Our field proven reliability in the terrestrial market has been a key enabler allowing us to be a volume player in the ultra high reliability submarine market, with the OceanBrightTM uncooled MiniDIL pump series.

“Bookham has continued to invest in this technology, demonstrated by consistent delivery of innovative products that both meet and set market trends. We are truly exploiting the value of vertical integration through design and manufacture, from our world class wafer fab in Zurich, through to pump module manufacture in our well established, advanced facility in Shenzhen,” concluded Ives.

The 500,000th 980nm pump laser was recently shipped to Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd, who recognised Bookham as a ‘Global Core Partner’ optical components vendor in 2007, for continued reliability and flexible supply of products including the 980nm pump laser, 10Gb/s co-packaged laser-modulators, receivers, directly modulated lasers and integrated tunable laser assembly, all of which are assembled in the Bookham facility in Shenzhen.

Bookham was first to market with this technology in 1995 with an industry leading 100mW laser module, built on ten years of technology research and design originating from IBM research Labs. This leadership in chip and module development continued with the launch, at OFC 2007, of the world’s most powerful singlemode 980nm pump laser module, offering fully qualified, highly reliable ‘kink-free’ delivery of 750mW.