Optoelectronics and Telecom Conference Proceedings


Author: Alan Rae
Company: Cookson Electronics
Date Published: 11/14/2001   Conference: Optoelectronics and Telecom

Abstract: Many of the most sophisticated communications infrastructure devices in use today are assembled by hand. Optical assembly automation at the state of evolution that electronics assembly was 25 years ago, desperately in need of standardization of package form factor and package stability standards. In addition, optical assembly has the complication of fiber “pigtail” handling and connectorization and a lack of basic standards covering even cleanliness of connectors. As a result, most assembly is done by hand, a prohibitive reliability and cost factor that is slowing rollout of a wider optical network reaching towards the consumer.

This paper reviews several key issues and outlines initiatives being taken by NEMI, the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative Inc., to develop guidelines leading to standards in North America.

Keywords: optoelectronic assembly, fiber optics, photonics automation.

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