SiFotonics unveils CMOS 10G integrated optical receiver - Lightwave

SiFotonics unveils CMOS 10G integrated optical receiver

SiFotonics Technologies Co. Ltd., a supplier of optical communications components based on the Silicon Photonics technology platform, introduces the TP1501 CMOS-based integrated optical receiver for optical communication applications. 

Representing another industry first for SiFotonics, the 10Gbps receiver consists of a Germanium photodetector (PD) monolithically integrated with a trans-impedance amplifier (TIA).

"We are pleased to see that our leading edge technologies in Transimpedance Amplifiers, Ge/Si Photo Detectors, and advanced process engineering have made the milestone of the world's first 10G CMOS based monolithic receiver chip possible," says Dr. Dong Pan, CEO of SiFotonics.  "Furthermore, with this successful integration, our plan is to further integrate more system logic in a single chip in future product generations."

TP1501 covers three key optical wavelengths: 850nm, 1310nm, and 1550nm, with the measured sensitivity at the 1310nm wavelength comparable to commercially available III-V systems. The devices are being evaluated using the ROSA (Receive Optical SubAssembly) format and are currently undergoing reliability testing.

TP1501 is designed to eliminate several issues related to the traditional non-integrated PD/TIA approach. It provides PD-to-TIA wire bonds, which in turn reduces wire bonding related issues at high frequencies, as well as simplified ROSA packaging process, reduced packaging variations, and improved yields. There is no need to qualify a properly matched TIA for the PIN, which shortens development time, and ultimately, time to market.

The TP1501 is expected to provide a cost-effective solution and become a key component in optical transceivers for data center communications, and Fiber channel for storage networks.

Get the Lightwave Newsletter Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest information on

  • Service Providers
  • Datacom/Data Center
  • Enabling Technologies
  • Stephen Hardy's Friday 5 Video

Post a Comment

Easily post a comment below using your Linkedin, Twitter, Google or Facebook account.

Related Companies


GigOptix is a leading supplier of semiconductor and optical components that enable high-speed information streaming and address emerging high-growth opportun...

M/A-COM Technology Solutions

Company Description:  MACOM is a leading provider of high performance analog semiconductor solutions for use in wireless and wireline applications acros...

Discovery Semiconductors Inc

Discovery Semiconductors, Inc. is an industry leader in manufacturing ultrafast, high optical power handling InGaAs photodetectors, RF over fiber optical rec...

Related Products

MAOM-003404 is a quad channel 32 Gbps differential modulator driver IC

for 100G coherent transponders in CFP and CFP2 form factors. Lowest Power Dissipation Quad-Channel Differe...

MAOM-003405 is a quad channel 32 Gbps modulator driver IC

meets the stringent CFP2 input voltage requirements, while the single-ended output voltage of up to 6.5Vpp ...

MATA-03803A - transimpedance amplifier

32 Gbps Dual-Channel Differential Input Linear TIA with AGC for 100G PM-QPSK Rx


Isolating, Testing, and Troubleshooting FTTx Drops in the Last Mile

( 11/18/2015 / 01:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time / 12:30 PM Central Daylight Time / 10:30 AM Pacific Daylight Time / 18:30 GMT )
Sponsored by

Measurement Approaches That Enable PAM4 to Meet Emerging Requirements in Data Communications Beyond 100Gb/sec

( 10/29/2015 / 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time / 12:00 PM Central Daylight Time / 10:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time / 17:00 GMT )
Sponsored by

Realizing More Services and Revenue Over PON

( 10/19/2015 / 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time / 12:00 PM Central Daylight Time / 10:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time / 17:00 GMT )
Sponsored by

Social Activity