July 1, 2004

DRS recognized for infrared-detector technology

Leaders of DRS Technologies Inc. of Parsippany, N.J., won recognition for technological breakthroughs in mercury cadmium telluride (HgCdTe) electron- avalanche-photodiode technology, which is for IR-imaging applications.

The 2004 Herschel Award went to the DRS Infrared Technologies unit in Dallas. The company's HgCdTe electron avalanche-photodiode technology is going into military applications, such as 3-D-imaging laser radar for target identification at long ranges.

DRS won the Herschel Award in 2002 for its vertically integrated photodiode (VIP) and high-density vertically integrated photodiode (HDVIPTM) IR-detector technology.

Princeton Lightwave buys optical-channel-monitoring business from OFS

Princeton Lightwave Inc. in Cranbury, N.J., bought the optical-channel-monitor product line from OFS in Somerset, N.J., which Princeton Lightwave officials say will enhance the company's offerings in optical networking subsystems.

Princeton already offers optical devices and modules based on semiconductor sources and detectors for applications in communication, sensing, and instrumentation.

The company hired all OFS employees connected with the design and manufacture of optical channel monitors. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Fiber-optic undersea deployment to increase in 2004, study says

Deployment of fiber-optic undersea networks will rise in 2004 and 2005, following a relatively barren year in 2003, a new database update report from KMI Research in Providence, R.I., shows.

Fiber-optic undersea system cutovers will rise from about 3800 route-kilometers in 2003, to 16,800 in 2004, KMI analysts say. Systems cutovers will rise again in 2005 to 19,300. Still, undersea deployments in each year will be representing only about 10 percent of the 2001 peak annual deployment of 188,600 route-kilometers.

In the past two years, the undersea industry has gone through the turmoil of restructuring. Financially distressed systems owners have sold undersea assets at a fraction of their investment cost. This trend has discouraged deployment of new submarine systems.

For more information on this report, a full table of contents, and sample graphical data, contact KMI online at

Asia-Pacific to hold top of worldwide fiber-optics markets

The Asia-Pacific region is without question the hottest market for fiber-optic telecom equipment. A new report from KMI Research in Providence, R.I., concludes that regionwide growth will slow down but remain well above that of other regions.

KMI's report Prospects for Telecom Capex in Asia-Pacific, says that region has two telecom markets: Japan, Korea, and Taiwan; and China and India. China — which has become the world's largest telecom market in terms of the number of access lines and cellular subscribers — will continue installing optical fiber at high levels.

For a more information on this report, see

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