Goodrich and Movaz Networks advance optical switching

Under the terms of a new agreement, BFGoodrich will be Movaz Networks’ exclusive manufacturer of optical switch designs for the next 10 years.

The BFGoodrich Company and Movaz Networks have expanded their existing relationship involving the development and manufacturing of MEMS (Micro-ElectroMechanical Systems) technology for optical switching and telecommunication applications.

Under the terms of a new agreement, Goodrich will be Movaz’s exclusive manufacturer of optical switch designs for the next 10 years. Manufacturing of the switches will begin late this year at Goodrich’s Burnsville, Minnesota semiconductor facility. The optical switches will employ MEMS micro-mirrors.

Movaz will have an exclusive license to use the technology developed by Goodrich in telecommunications and data/internet communication applications, while Goodrich retains rights to use the technology in all other fields.

Movaz is combining optical transport systems, three-dimensional MEMS photonic switching technology and embedded wavelength routing capabilities for an all-optical telecommunication system. The agreement with Goodrich will help to ensure a continued supply of optical components as Movaz ramps up its production lines later this year.