Silicon Photonics Innovator Kotura Establishes Fabless Semiconductor Model and Strengthens Key Component Supply Chain

Silicon Photonics Innovator Kotura Establishes Fabless Semiconductor Model and 
Strengthens Key Component Supply Chain 
Kotura Inks Fab Agreement; Announces Relationships With Mindspeed and
ANAHEIM, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/19/13 --  OFC/NFOEC 2013, Booth
#3618 -- Today at OFC/NFOEC, silicon photonics innovator Kotura, Inc.
announced an agreement with a large semiconductor foundry as well as
relationships with strategic partners: semiconductor solutions
provider Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSPD) and laser
supplier BinOptics Corporation. These partnerships will provide
Kotura with an effective supply chain to commercialize Kotura's 100G
Optical Engine -- a key component in the just-announced
industry-first 100 gigabits per second (Gb/s) 4x25 WDM, QSFP+ module. 
The addition of a large Japanese foundry is an ideal complement to
Kotura's existing in-house fab. Kotura will leverage the capabilities
of the outside foundry partner for high-volume production of its
Optical Engine -- a low-power, integrated, 100 Gb/s chip solution
that supports the interconnect fabric for next generation data
centers and high performance computing. Kotura is the only silicon
photonics provider to offer both Wavelength Division Multiplexing
(WDM) and a parallel version of its Optical Engine in a 3.5 watts
QSFP package. 
"Our silicon photonics solutions resolve price, performance and
reliability issues not currently being addressed by existing
approaches," said Jean-Louis Malinge, Kotura president and CEO. "In a
world full of applications with pressing bandwidth and performance
needs, there is tremendous opportunity for silicon photonics to heed
the call, starting with the data center market as our primary target.
This foundry partnership offers Kotura the fastest and most reliable
path to mass production and the ability to scale to meet this
The partnership with Mindspeed enables Kotura to meet the low-power
requirements of the QSFP package. "The market wants a QSFP package
because of the small footprint," said Marek Tlalka, director product
marketing at Mindspeed. "Integrating 25G quad drivers and TIAs can be
quite a challenge. By combining our high-speed, low-power electronics
and Kotura's silicon photonics Optical Engine, we can meet the
stringent power consumption constraints of a 100 Gb/s WDM QSFP
Kotura partnered with BinOptics to develop laser arrays, which can be
passively flip-chip bonded onto Kotura's Optical Engine, producing a
high-volume, low-cost, electronics-style assembly. 
"BinOptics' Etched Facet Technology allows III-V photonic device
facets to be formed with lithographic precision, enabling low-cost
passive alignment with silicon photonics," said Dr. Alex Behfar, CEO
and co-founder, BinOptics Corporation. "Eliminating active alignment
is one of the key ingredients for economical, large-scale rollout of
silicon photonics based 100 Gb/s solutions." 
At OFC, the chips for the Optical Engine will be on display at
Kotura's booth #3618, while a demo of the Optical Engine will be
shown privately. For more about Kotura, please visit 
About Mindspeed Technologies
 Mindspeed Technologies (NASDAQ: MSPD)
is a leading provider of network infrastructure semiconductor
solutions to the communications industry. The company's low-power
system-on-chip (SoC) products are helping to drive video, voice and
data applications in worldwide fiber-optic networks and enable
advanced processing for 3G and long-term evolution (LTE) mobile
networks. The company's high-performance analog products are used in
a variety of optical, enterprise, industrial and video transport
systems. Mindspeed's products are sold to original equipment
manufacturers (OEMs) around the globe.  
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About BinOptics
 BinOptics Corporation is a trusted ISO-certified
volume supplier of semiconductor lasers for the Telecom and Datacom
industries, with around 40 million lasers shipped. BinOptics uses its
proprietary Etched Facet Technology to manufacture highly reliable,
high-volume, and low-cost lasers. BinOptics' current products include
a wide range of FP and DFB lasers as well as lasers with narrow
far-fields that offer exceptional fiber coupling. With modulation
speeds exceeding 10-Gbps, the company's products provide transceiver
and other photonic equipment manufacturers with unprecedented
price-performance advantages. BinOptics also offers custom integrated
components for optical systems and subsystems. These solutions
deliver excellent value through cost, size, and power reductions by
replacing several discrete components with a single monolithic chip.
For more information about BinOptics and its products, please visit  
About Kotura, Inc.
 Kotura, Inc. is an established innovator in
silicon photonics. Founded in 2004, Kotura's singular focus is on the
application of silicon photonics to solve unique communications
problems through a technology platform that adheres to four key
attributes: small footprint, power efficiency, high performance and
affordability. Kotura has earned a track record of reliability and
credibility through business processes that center on operational
excellence. The company's low-power, 100 gigabits per second (Gb/s)
Optical Engine is designed to support the interconnect fabric for
next generation data centers and high performance computers. An ISO
9001:2008 certified company, Kotura is headquartered in Monterey
Park, Calif. with an office in Shenzhen, China. For more information,
please visit or follow the company on Facebook. 
Media Contact: 
Stephanie Olsen
Lages & Associates 
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