II-VI Laser Enterprise Expands Its Laser Stack Product Portfolio to 14xx and 10xx nm at Photonics West 2014

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ZURICH, Switzerland, Jan. 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- II-VI Laser Enterprise GmbH, a subsidiary of II-VI Incorporated (Nasdaq:IIVI) and a global leader in semiconductor lasers, will debut new products from its expanded portfolio of high power Multi-Bar Stack laser diode modules at Photonics West 2014. This includes a wavelength extension to14xx nm and 10xx nm, targeting industrial applications such as plastic and metal welding and medical applications including acne treatment, skin rejuvenation and surgery.

Leveraging the latest advancement in chip technology, the multi-bar modules deliver higher output power and superior power conversion efficiency at 14xx and 10xx nm wavelength with proven reliability.

At 1440nm wavelength, CW output powers of 50W and 70W from passively cooled and actively cooled bars respectively have been demonstrated. In a stacked configuration, 300W of CW output power can be achieved with industry leading power conversion efficiency of > 35%, thereby significantly reducing cooling power requirements and paving the path for new applications in the 14xx nm regime.  

At 10xx nm wavelength, > 250W CW output power from a mounted bar has been demonstrated with a power conversion efficiency of > 60%. As a result, up to Kilowatt power levels can be achieved by stacking the bars in a compact and reliable package.

The latest 14xx nm and 10xx nm stacks are available in the same compact framed or frameless stack configurations as existing 8xx nm and 9xx nm stack products. Multi-bar modules or stacks can be customized for output power and beam profile through lensing options.

"The latest introduction of new stack products underscores our ability to continuously advance our chip technology and expand the application space for laser diodes" said Product Line Manager, Larry Shi.  "As a vertically integrated laser diode supplier, we can optimize our chip and packaging design to address the growing power and efficiency demands of the industry."

Notes to editors

1.         Photonics West will take place on Feb 1-6, 2014 at Mascone Convention Center, San Francisco, CA.

2.         II-VI Laser Enterprise will be exhibiting at the Photonics West exhibition at booth #2136.

3.         To arrange an interview with representatives of II-VI Laser Enterprise before or during the show, please contact Sheila Santwani at 510-305-4712 or ssantwani@laserenterprise.com.

About II-VI Laser Enterprise GmbH

II-VI Laser Enterprise GmbH is a leading provider of 980nm single mode pumps, high power laser diode and VCSEL solutions. II-VI Laser Enterprise GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of II-VI Incorporated (Nasdaq:IIVI) headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland with design centers in Tucson (USA) and Paignton, (UK). The company is serving a variety of markets with its semiconductor laser solutions such as pumping, medical, printing, telecommunication and consumer electronics.

About II-VI Incorporated

II-VI Incorporated, a global leader in engineered materials and opto-electronic components, is a vertically-integrated manufacturing company that creates and markets products for diversified markets including industrial manufacturing, optical communications, military and aerospace, high-power electronics, semiconductor laser and thermoelectronics applications. Headquartered in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, with manufacturing, sales, and distribution facilities worldwide, the Company produces numerous crystalline compounds including zinc selenide for infrared laser optics, silicon carbide for high-power electronic and microwave applications, and bismuth telluride for thermoelectric coolers.

In the Company's infrared optics business, II-VI Infrared manufactures optical and opto-electronic components for industrial laser and thermal imaging systems and HIGHYAG Lasertechnologie GmbH (HIGHYAG) manufactures fiber-delivered beam delivery systems and processing tools for industrial lasers. 

In the Company's near-infrared optics business, Photop Technologies, Inc. (Photop) manufactures crystal materials, optics, microchip lasers and opto-electronic modules for use in optical communication networks and other diverse consumer and commercial applications. Photop Aegis, Inc. (Aegis) manufactures tunable optical devices required for high speed optical networks that provide the bandwidth expansion necessary for increasing internet traffic. Through its Australian subsidiary, Photop AOFR Pty Limited, Aegis also manufactures fused fiber components, including those required for fiber lasers for material processing applications, as well as optical couplers used primarily in the optical communication industry.

In the Company's military & materials business, LightWorks Optical Systems, Inc. (formerly Exotic Electro-Optics and LightWorks Optics, Inc.) manufactures products for military applications and precision optical systems, and components for defense, aerospace, industrial and life science applications.  Pacific Rare Specialty Metals & Chemicals (PRM) produces and refines a rare earth element and selenium. Max Levy Autograph, Inc. (MLA) manufactures micro-fine conductive mesh patterns for optical, mechanical and ceramic components for applications such as circuitry, metrology standards, targeting calibration and suppression of electro-magnetic interference.  VLOC manufactures near-infrared and visible light products for military applications and laser gain materials and products for solid-state YAG and YLF lasers.

In the Company's advanced products group, the Wide Bandgap Materials (WBG) group manufactures and markets single crystal silicon carbide substrates for use in the solid-state lighting, wireless infrastructure, RF electronics and power switching industries.  Marlow Industries, Inc. (Marlow) designs and manufactures thermoelectric cooling and power generation solutions for use in defense, space, photonics, telecommunications, medical, consumer and industrial markets. Worldwide Materials Group (WMG) provides expertise in materials development, process development and manufacturing scale up.  M Cubed Technologies, Inc. (M Cubed) develops and markets advanced composite materials serving the semiconductor, display, industrial and defense markets.

In the Company's active optical products segment, II-VI Laser Enterprise GmbH is an industry-leading manufacturer of high-power semiconductor laser components enabling fiber and direct diode laser systems for material processing, medical, consumer and printing applications. In addition, II-VI Laser Enterprise manufactures pump lasers for optical amplifiers for both terrestrial and submarine applications and vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) for optical navigation, optical interconnects and optical sensing applications. II-VI Network Solutions Division is an industry leading manufacturer of customized solutions providing customers with end-to-end design and manufacturing support to enable rapid realization of customer-specific amplification and micro-optics solutions.

II-VI Laser Enterprise
Sheila Santwani
Product Marketing Manager
510-305-4712