Several holographic and interferometric applications would benefit significantly from a diode laser based coherent light source near 633 nm. For this purpose a laser diode based on an AlGaAs/AlGaInP structure for emission in the red spectral range was developed. The laser chip features a ridge waveguide and a DBR surface grating at the rear side with a peak reflectivity at 633 nm. The laser was mounted in a butterfly-style package for temperature stabilization. The beam emitted by the laser diode was shaped with two cylindrical micro-lenses and passed through a custom-built CdMnTebased micro-optical isolator. The beam behind the isolator was coupled into a polarization maintaining (PM) single-mode fiber using an aspherical lens. The optical output power of the fiber was about 1.7 mW at 100 mA.