Finisar and u2t Partner to Acquire Exclusive Access to 100G Coherent Modulator
SUNNYVALE, CA and BERLIN -- (Marketwired) -- 07/01/13 -- Finisar
Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and u2t Photonics AG announced today that
they have entered into a memorandum of understanding with respect to
exclusive access to and joint development of all Indium-Phosphide
(InP) based Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM) technology developed at the
Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute (HHI). With this transaction,
Finisar and u2t obtain immediate and exclusive access to HHI high
speed InP modulators, including polarization multiplexed I-Q
modulators for 100G coherent applications. Concurrently, u2t has
acquired all of the assets of COGO Optronics GmbH, the former German
operating subsidiary of COGO Optronics Inc.
"With the completed acquisition of COGO Optronics GmbH and the
memorandum of understanding with Finisar and HHI, u2t has taken a
significant step to broaden its portfolio and further strengthen its
long-standing collaboration with HHI on high performance
optoelectronic components for the optical communications industry,"
said Andreas Umbach, CEO of u2t Photonics AG.
"We are excited about Finisar and u2t's exclusive access to HHI's
current InP MZM technology, as well as the future InP MZM technology
that will be developed jointly by HHI, Finisar and u2t," said Prof.
Dr. Martin Schell, Head of the Photonics Components Department at
HHI. "We believe u2t's local presence and leading technical
capabilities and Finisar's global reach and volume manufacturing
strength represent the ideal relationship for the continued
development, commercialization, and broad market adoption of HHI's
InP MZM technology."
"Since 2009, Finisar has worked with COGO and HHI to commercialize
HHI's InP MZM technology in a number of leading 40G and 100G
transceiver products. Building on that foundation, we believe this
new relationship with u2t and our joint exclusive access to HHI MZM
technology will enable the rapid development of new InP MZMs for
next-generation 100G coherent long-haul linecards and pluggable 100G
coherent metro transceivers," commented John Clark, Finisar's
Executive Vice President for Technology and Global R&D. "The u2t team
has a solid track record of enabling successive gene
rations of new
high speed fiber optic equipment with unique receive-side components
based on HHI technology. We're looking forward to a fruitful
relationship with u2t to deliver unique transmit-side solutions for
data rates of 100G and above."
Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) is a global
technology leader of fiber optic subsystems and components that
enable high-speed voice, video and data communications for
networking, storage, wireless, and cable TV applications. For 25
years, Finisar has provided critical optics technologies to system
manufacturers to meet the increasing demands for network bandwidth.
Finisar is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, USA with R&D,
manufacturing sites, and sales offices worldwide. For additional
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About u2t Photonics AG
u2t Photonics AG, founded in 1998 and
headquartered in Berlin/Germany, is the leading supplier of
ultra-high speed optical components up to 100 GHz. Based on its
unique and mature technology u2t develops, manufactures and markets
highly competitive products for high speed communication applications
and detectors with superior performance for test and measurement
equipment vendors. A platform approach based on building blocks
enables u2t to offer a comprehensive and fully TELCORDIA qualified
portfolio supporting the requirements from transponder vendors, line
card and system designers as well as test equipment vendors. u2t is
ISO9001 certified and offers high quality of service.
Finisar is a registered trademark of Finisar Corporation.
+1 (408) 542-4261
u2t Photonics AG
+49 30 726 113 530
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