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Requirements and strategy for reliability tests of MEMS-based technologies in optical networks
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Paper Abstract

The technology of tomorrow's telecommunication networks will be flexible, scalable and integrated. In addition, there is a visible trend towards purely optical networking to avoid costly electronic regeneration. The move towards optical networking drives the development of new optical components to exceed current technical and physical boundaries. These new optical components include Photonic Optical Cross-connects (PXC) and Tuneable Lasers (TL), which can be realized by Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) based technology. MEMS technology allows the integration of optical switches with very high density. At the same time introducing MEMS technology is a step back from having no moving parts to mechanics. The trade-off between the risks and the advantages must be addressed. Typical optical requirements for the function of MEMS based technologies are introduced, and a strategy to prove the reliability is shown.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 April 2003
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4940, Reliability of Optical Fiber Components, Devices, Systems, and Networks, (30 April 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.477398
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Hans-Juergen Schmidtke, Siemens AG (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4940:
Reliability of Optical Fiber Components, Devices, Systems, and Networks
Hans G. Limberger; M. John Matthewson, Editor(s)

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