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NanoOpto Introduces Nano-optic Based Optical Isolators Enabling Smaller Sizes for Transceivers and Transponders

SubWave™ Optical Isolator Increases Compactness and Reduces Overall Assembly Costs for Telecom and Data Com Transceivers

Somerset, New Jersey. March 14, 2005. NanoOpto Corporation, who is applying novel design methods and proprietary nano-fabrication technology to produce a broad range of unique optical components that enable higher quality, low-cost optical components and systems, today announced the availability for sampling of the SubWave Optical Isolator, a family of high-performance, nano-structure enabled optical isolators which can reduce both overall cost and device size for data communications and telecommunications transceivers and transponders. The SubWave Optical Isolator can either be used in standard transceiver designs, or as the basis for more compact new architectures.

The SubWave Optical Isolator uses a proprietary nano-structure-based design to directly integrate a required polarization function on the surface of a garnet Faraday rotator, thereby creating thinner isolator cores - as thin as 0.5mm or less, a reduction of over 30% compared to traditional isolator designs - and so enabling physically smaller isolators - on the order of 0.5mm x 0.5mm, depending on the application. This nano-lithography based manufacturing methodology is being used by NanoOpto to produce surface mount, cylindrical mount and magnet-less isolators to meet customer application specifications.

Individual SubWave Optical Isolator models support either the 1550nm (C-band) or 1310nm bands for telecom and data com applications. They are also available packaged with a magnetic housing for standard applications and, by using latched garnet as the substrate for the nano-optic device, in a magnet-less design.

“Nano-fabrication technology enables a rethinking of isolator design based on nano-optics, and provides new options for reducing size and cost in telecom and data com transceiver architectures,” said Alan Graham, NanoOpto’s Director of Sales Development. “NanoOpto’s proprietary design techniques and manufacturing processes can be applied to meet customer-specific requirements for optical isolators and isolator cores across a broad range of wavelengths.”

The SubWave Optical Isolator is currently in production, with standard isolators available for immediate sampling. Requests for additional information should be directed to [email protected].

About NanoOpto
NanoOpto Corporation is applying proprietary nano-fabrication technology to the rapid design and high-volume manufacture of nano-optic devices for optical components and systems for consumer electronics, commercial, and communications applications. The company’s nano-meter scale optical function design capability combined with wafer-scale manufacturing methods delivers optical components that allow more rapid prototyping, higher performance, and lower overall system cost. Both independently and with industry partners, NanoOpto uses its technology to produce superior versions of standard optical components and new classes of integrated optical subassemblies for both custom and general applications. The company has received financial backing from leading venture capitalists and is based in Somerset, New Jersey. For additional information about NanoOpto, visit

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