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  • AFR Successfully Closed A 710 Million RMB PIPE Funding
    Dec 14, 2020 AFR Successfully Closed A 710 Million RMB PIPE Funding

    December 8, 2020 --- AFR was pleased to announce the successful closing of itsPrivate Investment in Public Company(PIPE) process. A total amount of 709,999,981.08 Yuan RMB was fully subscribed by two investors, Zhuhai Huafa Industrial Investment Holdings Co., Ltd. and Changsha Shengnong Private Equity Fund Partnership (Limited Partnership). As a result, Zhuhai Huafa Industrial Investment and Changsha Shengnong will each hold 16,175,071 and 713,606 newly issued AFR shares, respectively.

    As previously announced, such new funds would enhance AFR’s capabilities in developing and commercializing next-generation thin-film based LiNbO₃ modulators to address a wide range of telecom, data center interconnect, sensing and industrial applications.

    Disclaimer: This is not intended as a verbatim English translation of AFR’s public announcement in Chinese. For the accurate interpretation of AFR’s Chinese announcement, please refer to the original Chinese version.

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  • Private Placement Announcement
    Aug 13, 2020 Private Placement Announcement

    AFR is undergoing a Private Investment in Public Company (PIPE) process to raise funds for R&D, LiNbO high-speed modulator chip industrialization and additional working capital by an amount not exceeding 710 million RMB. Encouraged by the future customer needs and technology trends in the optical communications industry, AFR is committed to expanding the existing product offerings and research field, as showcased in the recent addition of LiNbO optical modulators for coherent 400G/600G, coherent 100G/200G, single drive 10G and analog 20/40G applications. After the PIPE process is completed, AFR plans to reach the annual capacity of LiNbO modulators up to 80,000 units.

    AFR plans to maximize the market opportunities and technical capabilities of the LiNbOseries high-speed optical modulators in the fields of communications and sensing. With the advantages in technology development, quality control, cost control, market development and more, AFR is poised to lead in the telecom grade LiNbO high-speed optical modulator chips and modules. Meanwhile, AFR is building a professional R&D team for developing the next-generation modulator LiNbOthin-film platform, in an effort to further enhance AFR’s capabilities and market positions in telecom and industrial applications.

    Disclaimer: This is not intended as a verbatim English translation of AFR’s public announcement in Chinese. For the accurate interpretation of AFR’s Chinese announcement, please refer to the original Chinese version.

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  • AFR Participate in CIOE' 2020 with Four Product Series
    Oct 13, 2020 AFR Participate in CIOE' 2020 with Four Product Series

    Shenzhen, China, Sep 9-11, 2020 --- AFR and its subsidiary Vlink showed up at the 22nd CIOE (China International Optoelectronic Exposition), the world's largest and most influential optoelectronics exhibition, along with our products: LiNbO Modulator Series, Micro-Connection Series, PM & High Power Products, and FTA (Fiber Tail Assembly) products.

    Modulator Series

    As the practitioner of the localization of high-end optical communication chips and devices, AFR's LiNbO modulator products have been attracting the attention of optical communication industry. The key exhibition of the three LiNbO modulator products triggered hot discussion, attracted CCTV and other mainstream media to report.

    Coherent Modulator 400/600G PM-QMZ

    AFR Coherent Modulator 400/600Gb/s PM-QMZ is a high electro-optic bandwidth polarization multiplexed quad parallel Mach-Zehnder (PM-QMZ) that explicitly designed to enable 400GE and beyond speeds on a single wavelength or carrier. It can be applied to the transmission of ultra-high speed and ultra-distance coherent communication.

    20/40 GHz Intensity Modulator (AM20, AM40)

    AFR Broadband Analog Intensity Modulators combine high linearity with low driving voltage and small footprint, covering all the frequency range from 20 GHz to beyond 40 GHz (AM20: 20-30 GHz; AM40: > 30 GHz). The increasing demand to shift the transmission frequency in microwave fiber optic links towards higher frequency finds in AFR analog modulators the most advanced and suitable answer. The experience and know-how of AFR engineers is available to customize our products to the customer’s specific requirements.

    High Bandwidth Zero-Chirp Modulator (F10)

    AFR High Bandwidth Zero-Chirp modulators are based on the Mach-Zehner Interferometer (MZI) architecture. The F10-0 is a Zero-Chirped, X-Cut single drive modulator designed for high bit rate advanced metro to long haul communication systems that requires the superior performance of X-Cut lithium niobite.

    You Imagine, We Design

    In addition to LiNbO Modulator Products, AFR also showcased PM & high power products and FTA products. As an excellent one-stop fiber assembly service provider, AFR supports customization based on customer’s need.

    With 20 years of industrial experience of PM & high power products, AFR has made full use of its technological advantages in the optical laser field and further extended its achievements into the optical communication field. AFR’s products for communication can reach the average power of 20 W. AFR's PM components offer excellent optical performance with high extinction ratio and low insertion loss. AFR also provides one-stop fiber assembly services, including fiber metallization, fiber feedthrough, lensed fiber, and more. AFR’s sputtering technology also takes the lead in the industry.

    In the future, AFR will continue to invest in optical communication field, producing diversed and highly competitive products, providing customers with qualified and reliable services.

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  • The LiNbO₃ Series High-Speed Modulator Product Line of AFR in Italy is Fully Resumed to Work
    May 08, 2020 The LiNbO₃ Series High-Speed Modulator Product Line of AFR in Italy is Fully Resumed to Work

    May 4, 2020 --- The wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Fiber Resources in Italy Milan AFR (AFRML) is fully resumed to work after several months of suspension. As the spread of the epidemic is gradually slowing down in Italy, AFRML is planning to restart production with strict epidemic control.

    To prevent the spread of COVID-19, AFRML has set up a special committee based on the recommendation of official guidelines. The goal of the committee is to strictly monitor the health safety during the restart process and to fulfill the requirement of any relevant parties. The company strictly complies with the epidemic prevention regulation created by the local government and will take every possible measurement to ensure employees health safety as well as public sanitation.

    AFRML owns a LiNbO₃ series high-speed modulator and analog modulator product line located in San Donato, Italy. The product line, which started at Pirelli Research Laboratory near Milan, has a strong technical and production team and has been dedicated to the research and development of the most advanced optical modulator products, with broad market opportunities in communications and sensing industry. Lithium niobate modulator is widely used in modern optical communication system and is the core component to realize electro-optical conversion. With the introduction of "new infrastructure" 5G infrastructure, the demand for such products is increasing.

    With fully resumption of production, the company will restore normal capacity of the lithium niobate modulator product line, solving the current supply shortage. In the future, AFRML will also expand the production scale and enrich the product line by utilizing its competitive advantages of technology development, quality control, market development and other aspects.

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  • AFR at Laser World of Photonics' 2019
    Jul 09, 2019 AFR at Laser World of Photonics' 2019

    Munich, Germany, June 24-27, 2019 --- Laser World of Photonics 2019, the world's leading photonics trade fair opened and attracted 34,000+ attendees. Over 1,300 exhibitors showcased the latest components, systems, and applications for the photonics industry. AFR has demonstrated its latest and featured fiber laser components during the show.

     

    ClearCut™ Package-FreeHigh Power Fiber Bragg Grating

    For high power fiber bragg grating, when it comes to the "Controlling Temperature" problem, the common solution needs a metal package to dissipate excess heat. However, which creates difficulties with installation. AFR’s package-free solution, through the unique ClearCut™ design, eliminates the need for package, and can maintain an ultra-low temperature slope. Additionally, this product may add an FBG area temperature monitor to help users improve real-time data analysis.

    Features:

    1. Ultra Low Temperature Slope

    2. High Power Handling up to 2 kW

    3. Center Wavelength Options: 1030 nm, 1064 nm, 1070 nm, 1080 nm

    Dragon™ High Power Laser Cable

    AFR’shigh power laser cablecan handle up to 10 kW output power, 500 W stripping cladding power and backward power. With indirect water cooling technology, it is more stable and reliable than the common solution.

    Features:

    1. Low Transmission Loss

    2. High Reflection Power Endurance

    3. Indirect Water Cooling

    4. Safety Interlock

    2.5 kW (6+1)x1 Backward Pump Combiner

    Specifically designed for high power fiber lasers, these combiners are usually mated with the forward optical path to form a bi-directional pump structure to obtain higher amplification efficiency and higher output power.

    Features:

    1. High Coupling Efficiency ≥ 97%

    2. Low Signal Insertion Loss ≤ 0.3 dB

    3. Proprietary Fiber Tapering Technique

    200 W In-Line Isolator

    With the solid reputation of its high power Isolator, AFR has released its 200 W version this year. This exciting product also offers guaranteed high reliability and stability.

    Features:

    1. High Isolation > 28 dB

    2. Low Signal Insertion Loss < 0.4 dB

    3. Proprietary Fiber Tapering Technique

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  • Highlights of AFR in OFC' 2019
    Mar 12, 2019 Highlights of AFR in OFC' 2019

    San Diego, Calif., 5-7 March, 2019 --- OFC, the world’s largest optical networking and communication event opened and attracted more than 700 exhibitors and 15,000 attendees. This year AFR and its subsidiary, Vlink, showcased a variety of product portfolios including our components for data centers and WDM networks. Our EDFA portfolio attracted the attention of lots of visitors to our display site.

      

    CWDM4/LAN WDM4 Assembly

    Vlink’s CWDM4/LAN WDM4 Assembly easily meets the Cisco wiggles test requirements when subjected to strong bending force and damp heat for 2,000 hours, with 0.3 mm fiber length tolerance. With vast manufacturing experience in this type of technology, mass production on both TFF and AWG solutions are available.

    90° Fiber Bending Fiber Array

    With its ownership of nine related patents, Vlink’s 90° Fiber Bending Fiber Array, keeps bending loss to a minimum while assuring high reliability. Bending loss is less than 0.1 dB, coupling loss is less than 0.35 dB, and typical pitch error is less than 0.5 μm. The new height 3.0 mm is also available.

    Ultra-Compact MEMS Variable Optical Attenuator

    AFR's MEMS Variable Optical Attenuator achieves a significant size and response time of less than 2 ms along with lower wavelength dependent loss, making it well-suited for transient suppression in EDFA optical amplifiers. SM, MM, PM fibers are all available.

    Active Components Packaging

    AFR can provide a wide variety of state-of-the-art optical assemblies and modules. Packaging types include Butterfly, DIL, TO-CAN, Coaxial photo-electronics devices and more. AFR’s unique techniques and in-house expertise guarantees outstanding stability for all packaged devices.

    Metalized Fiber Cable

    AFR’s Metalized Fiber Cables are hermetically sealed to provide an environment for highly reliable connections for all optical devices.

     

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