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Thorlabs Introduces New Multi-Channel Optical Power Meter

Newton, NJ, May 1, 2002 Thorlabs Inc., a leading manufacturer of innovative photonics products, today announced the introduction of a Multi-channel Optical Power Meter. This unique test instrument is a stand-alone unit that offers flexibility through the use of 8 independent optical input channels. Utilizing an RS-232 interface or NI Data Acquisition Card lets the unit perform variable high-speed operations while providing concise and accurate results. Each Optical input is sampled with an internal 16-bit analog to digital converter to increase the rate of data transfer of the overall unit.

The OPM8FC Multi-Channel Optical Power Meter features 8 FC optical input channels with NIST traceable Calibration, telecom wavelength range of 1300nm-1600nm, switchable operating line voltage, and device drivers with executable programs to ensure complete compatibility.

Ed Church, a Thorlabs Engineer, said of the OPM8FC, "This power meter is a general purpose tool that will help our customers accomplish a diverse range of goals."

Other features include an auxiliary port, which provides access to National Instruments DAQ card pins, configurable input and output digital triggers and internal EEPROM unit.

About Thorlabs Inc.:
Thorlabs, Inc. specializes in the building blocks for laser and fiber optic systems. From opto-mechanical components to telecom test instrumentation, Thorlabs' extensive manufacturing capabilities produce high-quality, well-priced components and devices for next-day delivery. Founded in 1989, the company remains a leader in the development and creation of advanced optical products for the commercial and research marketplaces. The company is headquartered in Newton, New Jersey, and has offices in Grünberg, Germany.

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