WaveShaper® Programmable Optical Processors pass another milestone: 1000th unit shipped

Finisar’s WaveShaper family of Programmable Optical Processors passed another milestone last month with the shipment of our 1000th unit. Since its introduction in 2009, the WaveShaper processor has become a ‘must have’ piece of optical test equipment for many labs around the world, with some customers having bought over 30 units each to use across a wide range of applications. We started with the WaveShaper “E” series which was available only as a 1×1 or 1×4 configuration for use in the C-band.

Over the past 7 years, we have continued to improve the performance of the WaveShaper processor and expanded the range of WaveShapers to over 25 different ‘flavours’ operating not just in the C-band but also in the L-band and also covering the combined C+L bands.

Finisar now produces a range of WaveShaper processors including WaveShaper 1000, WaveShaper 4000, WaveShaper 16000 and WaveShaper M-Series.

We have also added support for other wavelength ranges outside the main telecom wavelengths and now offer a single-polarisation version of the WaveShaper processor for use in short-pulse lasers at around 1µm. A companion single-polarisation pulse-shaper for 1.5µm fibre lasers is also available.

On the software front, the software to control the WaveShaper processor has come on in leaps and bounds. Various versions of the software can be seen below and these are now joined by additional functionality through the WaveSketch and Fourier Processor programs which now form part of the overall WaveManager software package.

Different versions of the WaveShaper processor control software including Original ”E” Series LabVIEW software from 2009, WaveShaper Control Software (c. 2010) and the current WaveManager Application Suite.

We’re tremendously proud of what we’ve achieved with the WaveShaper family of Programmable Optical Processors and the capabilities that they have provided to scientists and engineers around the world. We look forward to continuing to support all our existing customers, and many new ones, as we develop new capabilities and variants of the WaveShaper processor range over the coming years.

For more information on the WaveShaper family of Programmable Optical Processors visit our website product page.

Being an Industry Visionary and Thought Leader…

Lightspeed Readers,

Today, we have exciting news to share regarding our very own Dr. Simon Poole, a true industry visionary and thought leader. Before we share the news, let’s summarize Simon’s illustrious career to date:

An outstanding researcher and entrepreneur for over 30 years in the field of photonics. His achievements cover both research as well as successful commercialisation of advanced technology on an international scale. He led the establishment of an export-competitive photonics industry in Australia, with significant contributions in R&D leadership, innovative commercialisation and capital raising. Simon’s achievements have been widely recognised including the Clunies Ross Award, the Pearcey Medal, and Engineers Australia NSW Division Entrepreneur of the Year and he was made a Fellow of the IEEE in 2001 for his contributions to the development of erbium-doped fiber amplifiers and fiber lasers.

Adding to these numerous accomplishments, we are pleased to announce Simon’s appointment as a Fellow of the prestigious Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. In addition, he has been elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Photonics Society for a full term.

Congratulations, Simon. We are very proud of you and your ever-growing list of contributions.

Jerry Rawls Speaks About Finisar’s 25 Year History

Read Part 1 and Part 2 of gazettabyte’s special 25th anniversary interview with Finisar Executive Chairman & Co-Founder, Jerry Rawls by industry analyst and author Roy Rubenstein.

Finisar Malaysia Celebrates 10 Years

This week’s blog post comes from KW Hoo, the Vice President of Operations at Finisar Malaysia.
Yes! The magic number! Perfect 10!

Ipoh – a city in the state of Perak, Malaysia houses the biggest Finisar entity with more than 5,000 employees.

Finisar Malaysia is set on twenty acres of land with 640,000 square feet of manufacturing space. About one third of this space is suitable for clean room operations.

It all began when Finisar Corporation decided to transfer most of its manufacturing processes from a contractor to our very own facility to enable greater control of internal quality, intellectual property and cost-effectiveness. Finisar Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. was registered as a legal entity in 2001 and started operations with a pioneer batch of 47 employees.

The rest is history. By fiscal year 2007, Finisar Malaysia had become the largest transceiver manufacturing facility in the world and a major contributing factor to the overall success of the company. Today, we are shipping more than 16 million modules per year and continuing to grow.

Ipoh is proud to have such an energetic and talented team of employees from many different countries including the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Kampuchea, India and Czech Republic. We speak English, Malay, Chinese, Tagalog, Myanmar, Khmer, Tamil and Urdu.

We are proud to be part of Finisar and look forward to another 10 years!

Reflecting on 2010 in the Optical Communications Industry

Happy New Year to our blog readers! Before we get our feet wet in 2011, I’d like to recap the amazing year we had in 2010 – from product launches to tradeshows to trips around the world (Finisar Australia, ECOC in Italy). The past year has flown by faster than the speed of light through an optical fiber.

Finisar hit many exciting milestones over the last twelve months, including the one year anniversary of the Lightspeed blog. As we reflect on 2010 and what has happened in the fiber optics industry, we wanted to share with you a few of Finisar’s accomplishments.

2010 Key Finisar Accomplishments:

Finisar Achieves Record Revenues and Profitability
Infonetics Report Names Finisar the leader in the ROADM Component (WSS) Market
Australia Office Expands to Support Growing WSS ROADM Market
Finisar Named Public Company of the Year
Finisar Receives Brocade’s Customer Focus Award
Finisar Achieves Industry Milestone: 100 Million VCSELs Shipped and Counting

Thanks for reading along as we welcome in 2011 and what we hope will be another exciting year in the optical communications industry.