Programmable Optical Processors



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The WaveShaper family of Programmable Optical Processors provides a range of programmable optical filtering and switching solutions for optical R&D and production test applications. Based on Finisar's high resolution, solid-state Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) optical engine, the WaveShaper family delivers extremely fine control of filter characteristics, including center wavelength, bandwidth, shape and, for WaveShaper 1000, 4000 and 16000, dispersion and attenuation.

The WaveShaper range includes products optimized for:

  • Tunable Optical Filtering (WaveShaper 100)
  • Dynamic Gain Equalization (WaveShaper 120)
  • Programmable Optical Filtering (WaveShaper 1000, 1000/SP)
  • Polarization Processing (WaveShaper 2000)
  • Multiport Optical Processing (WaveShaper 4000 and WaveShaper 16000)

Both Laboratory (S-Series) and OEM (M-Series) versions of the WaveShaper platform are available.

All members of the WaveShaper family can be controlled through the WaveManager Application Suite, which provides an intuitive user interface for real-time control of multiple WaveShapers. In addition, a common API across both Windows and Linux operating systems makes it easy to integrate the WaveShaper functionality into the users system. LabVIEW™ drivers are provided as well as bindings for common programming and scripting languages such as C, Visual Basic, Python, etc.


  • Based on High Resolution Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) technology
  • Wavelength Switching capability (4000S model)
  • Arbitrary Channel Shapes
  • Control of Channel Dispersion
  • Arbitrary Optical Transfer Function (Phase/Amplitude)
  • Supports Band-Pass
  • Band-Stop and Optical Comb Filters


Application Areas

  • Optical Filter Simulation
  • Optical Component Testing
  • Transceiver Testing
  • EDFA Testing
  • DWDM System Simulation
  • DWDM System Testing
  • Fourier Domain Waveform Manipulation
  • Optical/Microwave Filtering
  • Laser Pulse Compression
  • Dissipative Mode Locking of Fibre Lasers
  • Emulation of Polarization Dependent Loss (PDL)
  • Emulation of Differential Group Delay (DGD)
  • Tunable Optical Filtering