MEMS Switches & VOAs

MEMS (Micro-electromechanical Systems) switches and VOAs (Variable Optical Attenuators) are two types of components commonly used in optical communication systems.

MEMS switches are tiny mechanical devices that use micro-scale structures to switch the path of an optical signal. They typically consist of a movable mirror or beam that can be positioned to direct light towards different output ports. MEMS switches are known for their high-speed switching capabilities, low power consumption, and low insertion loss. They are commonly used in optical networks for reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexing (ROADM), optical cross-connects (OXC), and optical switching.


VOAs, on the other hand, are used to adjust the power level of an optical signal. They are essential components for controlling signal levels in optical networks to ensure optimal signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and prevent signal distortion. VOAs use various techniques to attenuate the optical signal, including thermo-optic, electro-optic, and MEMS-based technologies. MEMS-based VOAs are preferred for their high-speed operation, low insertion loss, and low power consumption.

Overall, MEMS switches and VOAs are critical components in optical communication systems, enabling efficient signal routing and management while maintaining signal quality. They are widely used in various applications, such as telecommunications, data centers, and optical sensing.

Opticlarity works with a leading MEMS manufacturer located in Switzerland providing solid and leading MEMS and VOAs.

MEMS Switches & VOA Solutions