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API Technologies offers a comprehensive suite of design, manufacture and test solutions for integrated optoelectronic modules. The modules are based upon a range of enabling technologies including optical fibre alignment and splicing, three-dimensional ceramic structures, chip-and-wire assembly and hermetic sealing. Through the ATOM (Advanced Technology for Optoelectronic Modules) programme, we partner OEMs in the implementation of multichannel optical transmitters and receivers, photonic switches, array waveguide gratings, add-drop multiplexers, optical modulators and other advanced optoelectronic products.

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OPTO-Fire® - FC8000 series

Harsh Environment 10Mbps to 12.5Gbps Optical Quad transceiver

The OPTO-Fire® transceiver range is based on a high performance ruggedised optical interface from Ultra Communications Inc (qualified and operational in space). The modules are designed, qualified & manufactured in the UK for harsh environments on land, sea, air & space in accordance to MIL-PRF-38534 and are configurable for bidirectional optical data communications over multimode ribbon fibre links.

The module provides high-speed electrical-to-optical and optical-to-electrical conversion across four independent transmitter (Tx) and receiver (Rx) channels. It is sealed for use in harsh environments such as avionics and space and features Built-in-Test (BiT) capabilities and diagnostic monitoring through a digital serial interface.

  • Quad Tx & Rx
  • Single and multi-channel
  • 10Mbps to 12.5Gbps per channel
  • Operating temperature range -40°C to +95°C
  • Storage temperature range -55°C to +125°C.
  • Average optical power per channel typically 2.2mW
  • Built in test (BiT)
  • 50/125 um multimode ribbon fibre
  • 850nm wavelength
  • I2C comms capable
  • Optical Time Domain Reflectometry (OTDR) functionality
  • 1 KB (OTP) non-volatile memory
  • Field replaceable fibre assembly
  • Option of hermetic orlow cost non-hermetic package
  • Radiation tolerant circuitry
  • High Rx dynamic range with AGC (Automatic Gain Control)
  • Individual channel power down & software defined Squelch
  • Tx “broadcast” mode - data stream replicated on up to 4 channels
  • BiT Features includes: TSSI (Transmitter Signal Strength Indicator), TMSI (Transmitter Modulation Strength Indicator), Temperature sensor, RSSI (Receiver Signal Strength Indicator), RMSI (Receiver Modulation Strength Indicator), and Critical Transceiver operating conditions
  • Avionics and Space applications: 100 - 800Mbps FireWire & SpaceWire, 1x – 10x Fibre Channel, 1 - 10Gbps Ethernet, 2.5 Gbps PCI Express, Serial Rapid IO, and Vita 17.2
  • Custom Package Options Available

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