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Lumentum Achieves Industry Milestone: Ships One Millionth Telecom Pump Laser

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Latest Pump Laser Platform Recognized For Market-leading Technologies and Reliability 

Milpitas, Calif., December 9, 2015 – Lumentum Holdings Inc. (“Lumentum”) announced today that it reached an industry milestone by shipping its one millionth, latest generation, 980-nanometer pump laser. The advanced pump laser platform is being deployed in optical networks worldwide.

“This milestone was accomplished twice as fast as the previous generation, and is a great accomplishment for Lumentum and the Optical Communications team,” said Doug Alteen, vice president, product line management, Telecom. “Pump lasers, which power optical amplifiers, are an integral part of next generation optical networks. Lumentum 980-nanometer pump lasers have already accumulated over 12 billion device field hours, demonstrating exceptional performance, and reliability.”  

About Pump Lasers

Derived from a revolutionary semi-cooled (45ºC) platform, the 980-nanometer pump laser significantly reduces power consumption and enables operation in extreme physical environments. Lumentum offers a full portfolio of pump lasers for optical amplification. The 980-nanometer series products support erbium-doped fiber amplifiers operating from 100 milliwatts to 900 milliwatts power levels. The 14xx nanometer and 15xx nanometer series products, deployed in Raman amplification, offer operating powers up to 600 milliwatts in wavelengths covering the C band and L band.

“The 980-nanometer laser platform is ideal for the growing markets that require the highest performance and reliability at lowest cost per milliwatts,” said Jay Skidmore, senior director, R&D, High Power Lasers. “Its progressive optical design, hermetic packaging, power scalability, and lean manufacturing are all easily extended to smaller form factors demanded by our end-user customers.” 

About Lumentum

Lumentum (NASDAQ: LITE) is a market-leading manufacturer of innovative optical and photonic products enabling optical networking and commercial laser customers worldwide. Lumentum’s optical components and subsystems are part of virtually every type of telecom, enterprise and data center network. Lumentum’s commercial lasers enable advanced manufacturing techniques and diverse applications including next-generation 3D sensing capabilities. Lumentum is headquartered in Milpitas, California with R&D, manufacturing and sales offices worldwide. For more information, visit

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