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1000 Park Center Dr
Vista, CA, 92081
United States

(505) 823-1293

We supply photonic components for harsh environment applications.  These applications require components to operate through wide temperature ranges, shock, vibration, condensation, chemicals, and/or radiation.

Example applications are: aerospace, space, shipboard, automotive, and high-performance computing (high temperature and/or submersion cooling). 

Technology

Ultra Communications has developed an innovative photonic packaging approach that combines optoelectronic devices (such as VCSELs, PINs) with transceiver ASICs and lenses using flip-chip bonding. The result is an extremely compact, low-cost, and robust component for optical communications. We have demonstrated fiber based and free space optical interconnects (board-to-board) with this technology. The arrangement enables the optical measurement of each VCSEL channel through an integrated photodetector, allowing for wide temperature range operation and built-in test functionality.

The CORE (shown below) is a sealed sub-component that can be placed into assembly to form a full transceiver.  The CORE is manufactured with passive alignment thru accurate flip-chip bonding.  The elements that make up a CORE are all wafer-scale fabricated components that are flip-chip bonded (aligned passively) offering a low cost, rugged solution.   The CORE can be inserted into a higher-level assembly to create a full transceiver.

Ultra Communications has also developed a ruggedized vertical connector (RVCON™)  that interfaces to the CORE.  This connector has up to 12 fibers in a single termini, and is compatible with multimode 50/62.5/100 micron core fiber, single mode fiber (on the receiver side), and wavelengths from 850 nm to 1650 nm.

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Ultra Communications also designs custom mixed-signal ASICs in CMOS, BiCMOS (SiGe) and Silicon-on-Sapphire processes.  These ASICs have applications in RF and photonic markets.  Recently, we developed an ASIC that enables optical-time-domain-reflectometry (OTDR) functionality within fiber optic transceivers and active optical cables.  The OTDR ASIC offers 1 cm resolution with no dead-zone (see below).

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