Thursday, March 25, 2010

GigOptix moves 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s polymer modulators to production

OFC/NFOEC 2010, SAN DIEGO, USA: GigOptix Inc. disclosed this week the company’s progressive plans to commercialize its proprietary polymer based modulator for all 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s modulation formats during 2010. The company has partnered with Sanmina-SCI to contract manufacture the modulators.

Over the last year, since the acquisition of Lumera by GigOptix, the company’s Bothell, Washington based LX Product Line group has made unparalleled developments in polymer material thermal–related electro-optical and mechanical stability; enabling the first-ever achievement of the required 85C, 25 years electro-optical stability of the polymer-coated silicon modulator chip. The design rules that were deployed allow the smallest overall modulator foot print for all speeds and formats.

The GigOptix LX modulators use standard semiconductor production flows and industry standard modulator package assembly technology, allowing for a smooth transfer of the product to a mass production partner like Sanmina-SCI.

The company announced that the first Telcordia qualified volume production of 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s DPSK modulators, will be available in the fourth quarter of 2010. Engineering samples of 40Gb/s DQPSK and 100Gb/s DP-QPSK modulators will be also be available in the fourth quarter of 2010, with Telcordia qualified volume production available in the first quarter of 2011.

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