Opto-electronics equipment maker Intune Technologies (Dublin, Ireland) has a new fibre-optic sensor interrogator dubbed the AltoWave5500. The company's patented technology uses telecommunications lasers for fiber-optic sensing.
"This is a significant first for fiber-optic sensing," claims Dr. Jens Buus, Chairman of Intune's advisory board. "The system uses a semiconductor laser with nanosecond tuning capability." Buus also points out that robust system can be field deployed in harsh environments. "It's the perfect complement to fibre-optic sensors," he says.
In use, the AltoWave5500 combines its rapid tuning with high accuracy and ruggedness---all over a wide temperature range. The AltoWave5500 also uses an embedded PC. You can also program the spectral response of the unit for different sensor configurations, down to a fraction of a sensor width (0.2-nm).
The system also touts a form-factor that's four times smaller than existing products. It also touts an internal referenced gas cell that ensures high repeatability and absolute accuracy. Finally, its 7-mW output power gives a sensor reach of over 20-km.
In use, the AltoWave5500 returns 40,000 measurement points across the 40-nm (C band) wavelength range, and its fast sweep rate of up to 160-nm/s (4-Hz) is achievable while maintaining full data readout.
The system also offers 30-dB of dynamic range, with a programmable 20-dB offset, and it permits you to program gain and offset for up to 200 individual sensors.
The AltoWave5500 also communicates using Universal Serial Bus, as well as conventional serial and Ethernet.
The AltoWave5500 is now available as a stand-alone unit ready for lab and test use, or in OEM format for integration into OEM systems.
For more details, contact Intune Technologies, 9c Beckett Way, Park West, Dublin 12, Ireland. Phone:: +353 1 620 4700. Fax: +353 1 630 1914. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or, check out the Intune Technologies Web site.