Finisar Patent Grants

Blind equalization tap coefficient adaptation in optical systems

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9596104
A method of blind tap coefficient adaptation includes receiving a digital data signal including random digital data, equalizing a first portion of the digital data signal using a first set of predetermined tap coefficients and a second portion of the digital data signal using a second set of predetermined tap coefficients. The method includes generating a first eye diagram and a second eye diagram from a first portion and a second portion of an equalized signal, respectively. The first…

Clock recovery and equalizer estimation in a multi-channel receiver

Granted: March 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9590799
A method of performing clock recovery and equalizer coefficient estimation in a multi-channel receiver may include recovering, at a first clock recovery unit, a first clock signal associated with a first channel. The method may include estimating a first set of coefficients for a first equalizer associated with the first channel using the first clock signal. The method may include passing the first clock signal to a second clock recovery unit associated with a second channel. The method…

Wavelength division multiplexer array

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9575255
In an example embodiment, a WDM array includes an optical filter, N common ports, N reflection ports, and N pass ports. The N common ports may be positioned to a first side of the optical filter. N may be greater than or equal to two. The N reflection ports may be positioned to the first side of the optical filter. The N pass ports may be positioned to a second side of the optical filter opposite the first side.

N×N optical switch

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9575259
An optical cross-connect connecting a series of optical input ports to a series of optical output ports includes at least a first group of input/output port arrays, each including a series of optical input/output ports disposed horizontally and configured to project or receive optical signals. A plurality of steering elements selectively steer optical signals along switching trajectories between the input and output ports. An angle-to-offset conversion unit converts optical signals…

Pluggable connector

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9575268
In an embodiment, a pluggable connector configured to removably couple an end of an optical cable to an optoelectronic module includes a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is configured to engage a latch slot of the optoelectronic module to retain within the optoelectronic module a ferrule optically coupled to optical fibers of the optical cable. The second portion is configured to engage the ferrule to prevent removal of the ferrule from within the optoelectronic…

Pin cadence for high-speed connectors

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9577386
A connector includes pins having a pinout including a functional designation cadence. The functional designation cadence includes a first ground pin, a first signal pin, a no-connect pin, a second signal pin, and a second ground pin, where the first signal pin is positioned between the first ground pin and the no-connect pin, the no-connect pin is positioned between the first and second signal pins, and the second signal pin is positioned between the no-connect pin and the second ground…

Method of monitoring an optoelectronic transceiver with multiple flag values for a respective operating condition

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9577759
The circuit monitors operation of an optoelectronic transceiver that includes a laser transmitter and a photodiode receiver. The circuit includes analog to digital conversion circuitry configured to convert a first analog signal corresponding to a first operating condition of said optoelectronic transceiver into a first digital value, and convert a second analog signal corresponding to a second operating condition of said optoelectronic transceiver into a second digital value…

Thermally conductive flexible member for heat transfer

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9572283
An example embodiment includes a thermal conduction system for dissipating thermal energy generated by operation of an optical subassembly that is disposed within a shell of a communication module. The thermal conduction system can include a thermally conductive flexible member that contacts the optical subassembly and the shell of the communication module. By contacting the optical subassembly and the shell, the thermal energy generated by operation of the optical subassembly can…

Latch mechanism for communication module

Granted: January 24, 2017
Patent Number: 9551847
A latch may include a follower and a driver. The follower may include a follower opening configured to receive a post of a housing. The driver may include a driver opening configured to receive the post of the housing such that the driver is selectively rotatable relative to the post. The driver may further include an interfacing finger positioned to be received by the follower opening. The interfacing finger may be configured to urge the follower to slidingly move relative to the…

Interconnect structure for E/O engines having impedance compensation at the integrated circuits' front end

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9544057
The present invention relates to an interconnect structure for coupling at least one electronic unit for outputting and/or receiving electric signals, and at least one optical unit for converting said electric signals into optical signals and/or vice versa, to a further electronic component. The interconnect structure comprises an electrically insulating substrate (102) and a plurality of signal lead pairs (104, 120) to be coupled between said electronic unit (108, 116) and a front end…

Communication module assembly with heat sink and methods of manufacture

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9545033
A communication assembly can include: a module device; a cage having a body defining a first open end that is configured to receive the module device therethrough and the body defining one or more first receiver members between the first end and a second end opposite of the first end, the one or more first receiver members having a first part of fastening system (e.g., two-part fastening system); and a heat sink adapted to be received into the cage so as to be thermally coupled with the…

Multichannel RF feedthroughs

Granted: January 3, 2017
Patent Number: 9538637
Multichannel RF Feedthroughs. In some examples, a multichannel RF feedthrough includes an internal portion and an external portion. The internal portion includes a top surface on which first and second sets of traces are formed. Each set of traces is configured as an electrical communication channel to carry electrical data signals. The external portion includes a bottom surface on which the first set of traces is formed and a top surface on which the second set of traces is formed. A…

Snap-mounted and pluggable optoelectronic module

Granted: December 20, 2016
Patent Number: 9525448
An example embodiment includes a snap-mountable optoelectronic module. The module includes a frame, a cover, and a module latch. The frame includes two or more post blocks that each defines a module latch receiver. The cover is configured to at least partially enclose an inner assembly and includes a module latch recess. The module latch includes pivots and a latch portion. The pivots are received in the module latch receivers such that the module latch is configurable in an unlatched…

Hybrid PCB with multi-unreinforced laminate

Granted: December 20, 2016
Patent Number: 9526185
A hybrid printed circuit board may include a top layer, a bottom layer, and a plurality of internal layers stacked up between the top layer and the bottom layer. The plurality of internal layers may include a first internal layer below the top layer and a second internal layer above the bottom layer. The hybrid printed circuit board may include first unreinforced laminate placed between the top layer and the first internal layer. The hybrid circuit board may additionally include second…

Latching mechanisms for pluggable electronic devices

Granted: December 13, 2016
Patent Number: 9520662
Latching mechanisms for pluggable electronic devices when received within a host cage of a host device. In one example embodiment, the host cage is configured to be connected to a host printed circuit board and configured to at least partially surround a host connector. The host cage includes a pair of inwardly biased leaf springs that extend toward the host connector and thereby engage with the latching mechanism of the pluggable electronic module in order to secure the pluggable…

Communication over multimode and single mode fiber

Granted: December 13, 2016
Patent Number: 9520943
An example embodiment includes a system for communicating an optical signal. The system includes an optical transmitter and an optical receiver. The optical transmitter includes one or more lasers configured to produce a light signal and a transmitter optical sub assembly (TOSA) receptacle. The TOSA receptacle optically couples the lasers to an optical fiber and launches a quasi-multimode optical signal (quasi-MM signal) that includes at least one lower order mode optical signal and at…

Optically enabled multi-chip modules

Granted: December 6, 2016
Patent Number: 9515746
An optically enabled multi-chip module has an optical engine transceiver and a host system chip. The optical engine transceiver has an optical engine front-end and an optical engine macro. The optical engine front-end has multiple laser diodes, laser driver circuitry electrically interfaced with each of the laser diodes, multiple photodiodes, amplifier circuitry electrically interfaced with each of the photodiodes, and at least one optical element optically positioned between the laser…

Differential TWE MZM driver for silicon photonics

Granted: November 29, 2016
Patent Number: 9507237
A differential TWE MZM includes a differential driver, first and second capacitors, and first and second terminations. The differential driver includes a first differential output and a second differential output that collectively form a differential pair. The first differential output is DC coupled to a cathode of a first arm optical phase shifter of a TWE MZM. The second differential output is DC coupled to a cathode of a second arm optical phase shifter of the TWE MZM. The first…

Automatic bias stabilization of dual-polarization in-phase and quadrature optical modulator

Granted: November 15, 2016
Patent Number: 9494810
Embodiments include a method and apparatus used for automatic bias stabilization of a DP IQM based on MZM for transmitting DP-QPSK optical data and/or DP-16QAM optical data. The apparatus simultaneously dithers DC-bias voltages of in-phase child, quadrature-phase child, and parent MZMs with three different dither patterns in time-domain which are mutually orthogonal to each other in the frequency-domain for X and Y polarization IQ modulators. Tap monitor photodiodes detect an…

Ultrafast high resolution optical channel monitor

Granted: November 8, 2016
Patent Number: 9490895
Described herein is an optical channel monitor (1) including a protective housing (3), an input port (5) disposed in the housing (3) and configured for receiving at least one input optical signal (7) including one or more optical channels separated by wavelength. A wavelength configurable laser (9) is located within the housing (3) and is configured to provide an optical reference signal (11) at a first wavelength (?r). The laser (9) is adapted to scan across a range of wavelengths…