Optical switches are widely employed in optical fiber communication systems. MEMS optical switches are characterized by compact size, low power consumption and good scalability, which enable their wide applications. According to the difference in port configurations, different MEMS chips are employed for realization of the devices. This article will discuss optical switches with 2×2 and 1×N ports. HYC Technical blog. http://optical-passive.com/
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thanks for your kind remarks.
About the MCS optical switches:
they work without using micromirrors like the MEMS do.
According to the following document :
>> The complex crisscrosses between the top-layer splitters and bottom-layer switches indicate the real need for a photonic integrated circuit, i.e., a planar lightwave circuit (PLC) based on a silica-on-silicon chip. MCSs based on PLC are not only more suited for mass production than other technologies such as MEMS, but can also offer the advantage of small and compact size.
The documents also mention that in MCS erbium doped fiber optical amplifiers may be used to improve output power level (to compensate for power loss caused by splitting).
These MCS are actually more complex as they are classified as Optical Add Drop Multiplexer O ADM.
They are able to operate OADM at optical wavelength level:
>> In Fig.1, the traffic is from or to 8 directions. Any one of the 80-96 wavelengths in a particular direction can be dropped to or added from any one of the 16 output or input ports. How this is achieved can described as follows.
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