RICHMOND, Calif., May 6, 2010 — DiCon Fiberoptics has announced that a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) optical switch made with multimode 50-µm core fiber is now available with a port count of up to 1 × 8 in a single fiber optic switch device. This allows multimode optical switch systems requiring higher port counts, primarily used in military and defense applications, to be reduced in overall weight, size and power requirements. The switch can be offered as an OEM component, can be built into compact modules that incorporate a small number of switches, or can be integrated into complete military grade solutions. Typical applications include secure switching and video distribution. Based on a platform that has been qualified to Telcordia GR-1221 (equivalent to certain methods from MIL-STD-883), the fiber optic switch has passed billions of toggling cycles and survived high levels of shock and vibration, temperature cycling, damp heat, dry heat and other adverse conditions, making it suitable for use by military and avionic customers. Packaged in a compact housing, the optical switch measures 25 × 16 × 8.5 mm and consumes less than 170 mW of electrical power. The port count can be specified anywhere from 1 × 2 up to 1 × 8 and can be controlled via either TTL or I2C. In addition to the standard switch configurations, other configurations and special fiber types are also available.