As the name suggests, these devices utilize beam shifting optics or mirrors to switch optical signals from one fiber to another in response to a control signal provided electronically. Optical switches are used in test equipment for basic switch functionality and in networks to provide protection and redundancy.
Future systems face significant challenges as the capacity and complexity of optical networks increases. Performance characteristics such as stability, channel balance and power loss due to polarization become difficult to manage without the addition of optical control devices. Our Miniature Opto-Mechanical (MOM) Switch with integrated monitoring features add further control and flexibility in next generation networks and network measurement equipment.