MEMS 1x2 Optical Switch

DiCon’s MEMS 1x2 is based on a micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) chip. The MEMS chip consists of an electrically moveable mirror on a silicon support. A voltage applied to the MEMS chip causes the mirror to rotate, which changes the coupling of light between a common fiber and two input/output fibers. The MEMS 1x2 Optical Switch is a non-latching device, which acts as a shutter when electrical power is removed.


Electrical Specifications


  • Small optical switch package (less than 2” x 1” x 0.5”)
  • Based on DiCon’s proven MEMS platform
  • TTL parallel or SMBus/I2C serial control interface
  • Available in Transparent and Opaque versions
  • Qualified to Telecordia GR-1221


The MEMS 1x2 Optical Switch is often used in channel or band monitoring cards to reduce the size and cost of monitoring DWDM networks. Other applications inlude fiber-based sensing, side-select switching for redundancy and secure communications, and bio-medical and scientific research. Excellent reliability, repeatability and temperature performance makes the MEMS 1x2 switch ideal for temperature and environmental sensing equipment, as well as channel monitoring cards.

Housing Dimensions

Ordering Information

SCD 0044 Rev H