PHOTONICS ASSEMBLY IN AN EMS ENVIRONMENTAuthor: Glenn Woodhouse
Company: MCMS, Inc.
Date Published: 11/14/2001 Conference: Optoelectronics and Telecom
Optical network hardware employs all of the same Surface Mount Technology (SMT) intensive electronics as the traditional copper network hardware. However, fiber optics presents new challenges in the incorporation of on-board lasers, photo diodes, and passive optical components such as splitters, filters, multiplexers and demultiplexers (mux/demux’s), optical fiber, and fiber connectors. All of these photonic components require interconnection, mounting, and testing processes outside of traditional EMS competencies. In the past these skill intensive processes, residing in the labs and plants of the OEM, have not lent to mass production automation. Herein lies the challenge of the technology transfer from OEM to EMS and the scaling of manufacturing processes to meet the increasing volume demands while insuring high quality and reliability with ever decreasing manufacturing costs.
This paper introduces the reader to photonic components, their assembly and test processes, and the unique manufacturing challenges and paradigm shift to be faced by “SMT-centric” manufacturers.
Key words: fiber, photonic, photonics, optic, optics, fusion splicing.
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