NeoPhotonics Patent Grants

Dynamically-distributable multiple-output pump for fiber optic amplifier

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9660421
A multiple-output laser component is described with a plurality of diode lasers in a common package, each of the diode lasers having distinct electrical control and optically coupled to a distinct output fiber, the component configured such that up to a maximum total output power can be selectively and dynamically partitioned among said diode lasers. The dynamic allocation can be based on demand for laser power in a fiber optic coupled to each diode laser. The multi-output laser…

Scalable optical switches and switching modules

Granted: February 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9581765
Telecommunications switches are presented, including expandable optical switches that allow for a switch of N inputs×M outputs to be expanded arbitrarily to a new number of N inputs and/or a new number of M outputs. Switches having internal switch blocks controlling signal bypass lines are also provided, with these switches being useful for the expandable switches.

Optical network communication system with optical line terminal transceiver and method of operation thereof

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9544668
A method of operation of an optical network communication system including: providing a planar lightwave circuit including: connecting 2×2 single-mode optical couplers in an array for forming a 1×N single-mode optical splitter/combiner, and routing harvesting ports to an optical line terminal receiver for collecting harvested-light, from two or more of the harvesting ports, in the optical line terminal receiver wherein one of more of the harvesting ports is from the 2×2 single-mode…

Adjustable grid tracking transmitters and receivers

Granted: November 1, 2016
Patent Number: 9482862
Optical telecommunication receivers and transmitters are described comprising dispersive elements and adjustable beam steering elements that are combined to provide optical grid tracking to adjust with very low power consumption to variations in the optical grid due to various changes, such as temperature fluctuations, age or other environmental or design changes. Thus, high bandwidth transmitters or receivers can be provides with low power consumption and/or low cost designs.

High data rate long reach transceiver using wavelength multiplexed architecture

Granted: August 23, 2016
Patent Number: 9425917
Optical telecommunication modules including transmitters and receivers and methods of using same. In some embodiments the transmitters include a chip having an array of lasers and a combiner for combining light from the lasers for transmission over an optical fiber. Preferably the lasers have widely spaced wavelengths. The chip may be semi-cooled in some embodiments. A dither signal may be provided to one laser for use by a receiver in tracking temperature of the laser for improved…

Optical network communication system with embedded optical time domain reflectometer and method of operation thereof

Granted: July 12, 2016
Patent Number: 9391695
A system and method of operation of an optical network communication system includes: an optical fiber; an optical link attached to the optical fiber; a data transmitter for sending a downstream data message at a downstream data wavelength in the optical link; an optical time domain reflectometry (OTDR) transmitter for sending a OTDR broadcast pattern continuously at an OTDR wavelength different from the downstream data wavelength in the optical link; a broadband photo detector coupled…

Pluggable optical transmitter module for network optical transport system with distortion control

Granted: June 14, 2016
Patent Number: 9369205
Linearized optical transmitter units are described for a hybrid optical fiber coaxial cable network. The linearized optical transmitter unit can comprise a directly-modulated or externally-modulated laser optically coupled to an optical conduit directed to an optical fiber communications link and electrically coupled to an electrical RF source line that provides an RF source to drive the laser or an external modulator for a light beam from the laser. A linearization information…

Small packaged tunable laser transmitter

Granted: May 10, 2016
Patent Number: 9337611
A tunable laser transmitter configured in a small package subassembly coupled to a printed circuit board such as an ITLA assembly. The tunable laser transmitter includes a housing with a volume formed by exterior walls. An electrical input interface is positioned at the first end of the housing. An optical output interface is positioned at the second end of the housing and configured to transmit a modulated optical beam.

Integrated circuit coupling system with waveguide circuitry and method of manufacture thereof

Granted: May 3, 2016
Patent Number: 9329346
A method of manufacture of an integrated circuit coupling system includes: forming a waveguide assembly, having a top clad over an open end of an optical core; forming a first photoresist having a base photoresist pattern shape with sloped photoresist sidewalls tapered down to expose a portion of the top clad; forming a recess having clad sidewalls from the portion of the top clad exposed by the base photoresist pattern shape, the clad sidewalls having a shape replicating a shape of the…

Small packaged tunable laser transmitter

Granted: January 26, 2016
Patent Number: 9246595
A tunable laser transmitter configured in a small package subassembly coupled to a printed circuit board. The tunable laser transmitter includes a housing with a volume formed by exterior walls. An electrical input interface is positioned at the first end of the housing. A first and a second optical output interface is positioned at the second end of the housing, the first output being configured to transmit a modulated optical beam, and the second output configured to transmit a cw beam…

Support for a beam splitter

Granted: December 8, 2015
Patent Number: D745208

Thermally compensated arrayed waveguide grating assemblies

Granted: August 18, 2015
Patent Number: 9110232
Arrayed waveguide grating can have one or both slab waveguides with relatively sharply folded optical paths and a mirror that provides the folding of the path. The folded optical paths through the slab waveguides can result in a more compact geometry of the waveguides through the device as well as smaller slab waveguides such that the device can be formed with a significantly smaller overall footprint. Also, arrayed waveguide gratings that cooperate with pivotable mirrors can adjust…

Integrated circuit coupling system with waveguide circuitry and method of manufacture thereof

Granted: June 9, 2015
Patent Number: 9052460
A method of manufacture of an integrated circuit coupling system includes: forming a waveguide assembly, having a top clad over an open end of an optical core; forming a first photoresist having a base photoresist pattern shape with sloped photoresist sidewalls tapered down to expose a portion of the top clad; forming a recess having clad sidewalls from the portion of the top clad exposed by the base photoresist pattern shape, the clad sidewalls having a shape replicating a shape of the…

Small packaged tunable traveling wave laser assembly

Granted: June 9, 2015
Patent Number: 9054480
A tunable laser configured in a small package coupled to a printed circuit board. The tunable laser includes a housing with a volume formed by exterior walls. An electrical input interface is positioned at the first end of the housing. An optical output interface is positioned at the second end of the housing and configured to transmit a continuous wave optical beam. A semiconductor optical amplifier or gain chip produces an optical output beam, and an optical isolator is positioned…

Scalable optical switches and switching modules

Granted: November 18, 2014
Patent Number: 8891914
Telecommunications switches are presented, including expandable optical switches that allow for a switch of N inputs×M outputs to be expanded arbitrarily to a new number of N inputs and/or a new number of M outputs. Switches having internal switch blocks controlling signal bypass lines are also provided, with these switches being useful for the expandable switches.

High rate deposition for the formation of high quality optical coatings

Granted: October 21, 2014
Patent Number: 8865271
High rate deposition methods comprise depositing a powder coating from a product flow. The product flow results from a chemical reaction within the flow. Some of the powder coatings consolidate under appropriate conditions into an optical coating. The substrate can have a first optical coating onto which the powder coating is placed. The resulting optical coating following consolidation can have a large index-of-refraction difference with the underlying first optical coating, high…

Hybrid fiber coaxial network optical transport system with distortion control

Granted: October 21, 2014
Patent Number: 8867928
Linearized optical transmitter units are described for a hybrid optical fiber coaxial cable network. The linearized optical transmitter unit can comprise a directly-modulated or externally-modulated laser optically coupled to an optical conduit directed to an optical fiber communications link and electrically coupled to an electrical RF source line that provides an RF source to drive the laser or an external modulator for a light beam from the laser. A linearization information…

40, 50 and 100 Gb/s optical transceivers/transponders in 300pin and CFP MSA modules

Granted: September 16, 2014
Patent Number: 8837951
Disclosed by way of exemplary embodiments, a 40/50/100 Gb/s Optical Transceivers/transponders which use opto-electronic components at data rates collectively that are lower than or equal to half the data rate, using two optical duobinary carriers. More specifically, the exemplary embodiments of the disclosed optical transceivers/transponders relate to a 43 Gb/s 300pin MSA and a 43˜56 Gb/s CFP MSA module, both include a two-carrier optical transceiver and the appropriate hardware…

Wavelength router with feedback control comprising optical monitor ports

Granted: August 12, 2014
Patent Number: 8805187
An optical waveguide router device with feedback control that uses the fringe frequencies of an optical data signal to derive a wavelength (e.g., temperature) control signal in order to compensate for wavelength variations due to temperature fluctuations and/or other wavelength shifting factors without the need for a reference laser. A monitoring circuit converts an output of at least one output monitoring port to an electrical signal and comparing the output of said at least one output…

Three dimensional engineering of planar optical structures

Granted: March 18, 2014
Patent Number: 8673407
Three dimensional optical structures are described that can have various integrations between optical devices within and between layers of the optical structure. Optical turning elements can provide optical pathways between layers of optical devices. Methods are described that provide for great versatility on contouring optical materials throughout the optical structure. Various new optical devices are enabled by the improved optical processing approaches.