Dow-Key now offers FIBER OPTIC switching systems

VENTURA, Calif. (May 11, 2009) – Dow-Key is excited to announce a new addition to their switching product line – Model 7001 – which is the first in Dow-Key Microwave”s series of fiber optic switching systems.

System Highlights:

This model switches signals in pure optical domain with an operating wavelength of 1530-1565 nm in C-band and a data rate of 4 Gbps. The system is configured as partially crossbar and as partially fan-out, with 8×14 I/O ports using LC connectors. On the control side, the unit is equipped locally with a windows based touch screen and with a modern GUI (Graphical User Interface) on the front panel that allows the user to graphically set the desired paths.

Photo: Model 7001

Technology Highlights:

This pure optical switching is based on MEMS (Micro ElectroMechanical Systems) technology, where these switches utilize micro-mirrors to switch or reflect an optical channel or signal from one location to another depending on the relative angle of the micro-mirror. MEMS technology provides durability and reliability such that the life of the switches exceed 1,000,000,000 (one billion) cycles. Additionally, MEMS provide a technology of reduced size, power, and cost in comparison to electromechanical switches.  As a result, the advantage at the system level for small optical matrices com­pared to a pure electromechanical system is that such systems cost much less, has lower insertion loss, and in general, has higher repeatability and higher production yield.

For more information on the functionality or the technology behind Model 7001 refer to the downloadable datasheet.

Model 7001

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Dow-Key Microwave Corporation, the world's largest manufacturer of electromechanical RF Switches and Switching Systems, is part of the Microwave Products Group (MPG), which is a subsidiary of Dover Corporation. We specialize in Coaxial Switches, Waveguide Switches, Space Qualified Switches, Electromechanical Switch Matrices, Solid State Switch Matrices, Fiber Optic Switch Matrices, Programmable Delay Lines and much more. Specializing in RF Matrix, Switch Matrix, and RF Switches.

As a leader in RF technology, Dow-Key offers high performance waveguide switches operating up to 70 GHz, coaxial switches operating up to 40 GHz, Hi-Rel switches such as SPDT, transfer switch, T-Switch, various waveguide switches and switching blocks, and switching systems such as SATCOM modules, RF matrices with individual switches, non-blocking crossbar, fan-in and fan-out modules, hybrid switching solution and much more (electromechanical, solid state and fiber optics), in addition to, custom switching designs and reliable solutions, as it is required in today's fast paced communication industry. Our products are used in a wide range of different markets, from commercial, military and to space, with applications in ATE, avionics, ground based, satellite communications, broadcasting, Hi-Rel, and many more. We are specialized in RF technology and custom switching needs. Dow-Key Microwave is AS9100 / ISO-9001:2008 certified and is committed to provide unparalleled customer service, competitive pricing and on-time delivery. Founded in 1945, Dow-Key is the oldest continuously operational RF Relay manufacturer in the United States.

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