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high power 633nm red laser diode poised to smash He-Ne Gas laser market

uncompromising performance for biomedical, inspection and measurement markets

PRESS RELEASE: February 2014

The Optoelectronics Company, a leading global manufacturer of innovative optoelectronic components and distributor of Oclaro laser diodes and Panasonic glass lenses, has announced the launch of the Oclaro HL63163DG: a tiny red laser diode that delivers 100mW single-transverse-mode optical output power at 633nm in the visible wavelength band.

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a realistic alternative to expensive He-Ne gas lasers

The Oclaro HL63163DG presents system designers with a long-awaited and realistic alternative to large, expensive and wasteful He-Ne gas lasers. This diode is compact, both cost and energy-efficient and offers increased measurement speed, stability and accuracy, all the essential performance characteristics for biomedical and industrial applications, previously only achievable when using He-Ne gas lasers.

"We expect to see the HL63163DG laser cannibalise the He-Ne gas laser market as we have succeeded in reducing the size of the laser and lowering power consumption without compromising on the performance required by the biomedical, inspection and measurement markets," said Takayuki Kanno, President, Oclaro Japan and GM of the Modules and Devices Business Unit. A semiconductor laser solution was long overdue and Oclaro was able to overcome the design challenges to produce a sophisticated and efficient laser diode capable of delivering a high power 633nm beam, he added.

OCLARO HL63163DG specifications

Building on advancements in laser technologies, the HL63163DG AlGaInP laser diode was designed to operate at 100mW optical output in the 633nm wavelength band with a low power consumption of only 0.4W in a 5.6mm TO industry-standard package with TE mode oscillation. It has a low operating current of 170mA (typ.), threshold current of 70mA (typ.), operating voltage of 2.6V (typ.) and LD reverse voltage of 2V. Operating temperature is from -10 to +40 degrees Centigrade.

The Oclaro HL63163DG will be in full, volume production from January 2014. Please contact the Optoelectronics Company to request samples for testing.

Oclaro's high performance laser diodes are proven to consume a low operating current which extends battery life whilst maintaining the integrity of the laser diode power in a variety of applications such as inspection, measurement and biomedical applications and as a light source for optical equipment.

Oclaro high performance laser diodes are available from the Optoelectronics Company.

OCLARO Opnext laser diodes

OCLARO (Opnext) has an expanded portfolio of laser diodes that now includes violet, visible and near-infrared lasers that deliver industry-leading innovation, quality and brightness. This comprehensive product line-up will enable customers to address a wide range of markets such as material processing, printing, medical, pumping, display, instrumentation and optical communications, as well as new consumer markets such as laser display, 3D sensing and optical interconnects.

OPNEXT OCLARO merger

Through its merger with Opnext, OCLARO was able to add visible and violet laser diode solutions to its portfolio and, at the same time, strengthen OCLARO's presence in Japan and Asia where key customers in the industrial and consumer markets are located. With this expanded portfolio, OCLARO can now provide infrared and violet laser diode solutions for computer-to-plate printing applications as well as red laser diodes for digital printing applications.

OCLARO (Opnext) high performance laser diodes are available through the Optoelectronics Company.

about OCLARO (Opnext)

OCLARO, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR) is one of the largest providers of lasers and optical components, modules and subsystems for the optical communications, industrial, and consumer laser markets.? The company is a global leader dedicated to photonics innovation, with cutting-edge research and development (R&D) and chip fabrication facilities in the U.S., U.K., Italy, Switzerland, Israel, Korea and Japan. It has in-house and contract manufacturing sites in China, Malaysia and Thailand, with design, sales and service organizations in most of the major regions around the world. For more information, visit http://www.oclaro.com.

ABOUT THE OPTOELECTRONICS COMPANY LTD

The Optoelectronics Company is a manufacturer of custom-designed and standard laser diode modules and laser diode collimators. It is also a supplier of  USHIO (ex Oclaro ex Opnext) Laser Diodes and Panasonic Aspherical Glass Lenses to industrial, medical, biomedical and defence customers throughout the UK, Europe and USA.

contact details

For more information about the Optoelectronics Company please visit our website at www.oe-company.com or contact us at: Green End Farm, Wood End Green, Henham, Hertfordshire, CM22 6AY, UK, tel: +44 (0) 1279 851851, email: info@oe-company.com.

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