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Passive component manufacturing in Asia
Author(s): Walter Yen
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Paper Abstract

The serious downturn of optical fiber communication industry in the past three years speeds up the consolidation of passive component manufacturing. Automation activity and investment stopped due to no driving force from the volume demand. A lot of skillful but low cost labors must be needed in the future for manufacturing when the demand comes back. Except MEMS based VOA, most of components based on advanced technology seem to get delayed in most applications. Furthermore, the highly integrated products are also delayed and become uncertain, especially AWG technology. Most of the manufacturing of passive components already moved or are moving to Asia especially China. Browave already built its manufacturing factory and is almost doing all the manufacturing in Zhong Shan. Browave tries to optimize the value of Taiwan plus China, i.e., Tawan provides superior management system, quality systems and manufacturing engineering support where China provides a lot of skillful but low cost labors. Browave is now not only providing the basic elements like Couplers, Isolators, TFF add/drop filter, Thin Film based GFF (Gain Flattened Filters), but also providing "Dedicated Lines" for the components/modules/subsystems for the players who need the value as mentioned above.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 January 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5623, Passive Components and Fiber-based Devices, (10 January 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.563129
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Walter Yen, Browave Corp. (Taiwan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5623:
Passive Components and Fiber-based Devices
Yan Sun; Shuisheng Jian; Sang Bae Lee; Katsunari Okamoto, Editor(s)

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