About MPB Communications
MPBC is a leading supplier of innovative, high performance fiber laser and fiber amplifier subsystems to the international high tech industry. For the telecommunications industry, MPBC provides state-of-the-art subsystems to extend the reach of optical fiber spans. For the laser industry, MPBC is the innovator of visible fiber lasers for biomedical and industrial applications. MPBC prides itself in providing its customers with custom products which ultimately enhance overall system performance. The company has an international reach with a global customer base of blue chip companies in the industrial, research, defense and telecommunications sectors. The company is privately held and self-financed.
MPBC was founded in 1976, as a spin-off of RCA Canada’s Research and Development Laboratories by Dr. M.P. Bachynski. The company’s initial offerings were CO2 lasers and contract research and development. The company grew dramatically in the 1990s, when it entered the niche market of undersea telecommunications, developing and producing the undersea branching multiplexers for the trans-Atlantic cable TAT-9, the second trans-Atlantic optical fiber system to carry commercial communications traffic between North America and Europe in a star network adding and dropping traffic according to demand..
With the advent of all optical systems in the late 1990’s, MPBC developed a series of Optical Line Enhancing transmission equipment for repeaterless systems - to extend the reach of fiber optic systems without regeneration. Long unrepeatered links require the "ultimate" in equipment performance, namely high launch power into the fiber, control of non-linearities in the fiber, and ultra low noise preamplifiers.
MPBC continues to evolve its technology development in concert with the changing market requirements. MPBC’s patented Super Raman technology, based on third-order pumping techniques, is recognized throughout the industry as a key enabling technology which appreciably augments the distance and channel counts of unrepeatered systems.
This technology, while developed for the telecommunications market, has migrated over to MPBC's Fiber Lasers and Fiber Amplifiers, due to demand from the aerospace and industrial markets where power efficiency, reliability and compact size are fundamental requirements.
Key developments were two-fold:
- fiber lasers operating in the visible region of the spectrum, targeting biomedical applications, and
- modelocked fiber lasers, targeting industrial needs.
Fiber lasers in the visible band have been developed at wavelengths not achievable through other technology approaches. Thus, these lasers have opened the doors to novel and breakthrough applications in biomedicine and imaging. The modelocked fiber lasers operate in the picosecond regime and provide the basis for micromachining systems to process materials with unprecedented quality and precision.
MPB Communications is a Certified Women's Business Enterprise, and part of the WEConnect International's Global eNetwork.