OZ Optics acquires optical ASIC company

June 11, 2001
June 11, 2001--OZ Optics Limited, a global supplier of fiber optic products for existing and next-generation optical networks, announces the acquisition of Bitmath Inc., a fabless ASIC manufacturer, for an undisclosed amount.

OZ Optics Limited, a global supplier of fiber optic products for existing and next-generation optical networks, announces the acquisition of Bitmath Inc., a fabless ASIC manufacturer, for an undisclosed amount.

Bitmath Inc., a privately held company located in Fremont, CA., designs, develops and markets ASIC solutions for the broadband communications and optical storage markets. Bitmath's expertise is in the development of complex signal processing algorithms and mixed-signal CMOS ASICs for high-speed optical and wireless data communications systems.

Bitmath designs include intellectual property (IP) cores and custom ASICs implementing the Forward Error Correction (FEC) functionality of the G. 709 Digital Wrapper Optical Networking standard as well as analog and digital front-end electronics for optical storage systems.

Bitmath recently completed FEC IP targets the 10 Gbit/sec (OC-192) and future 40 Gbit/sec (OC-768) Optical Network markets. These cores are among the first in the market to combine both the Out-of-Band Reed-Solomon coding scheme (conforming to the ITU-T G.795 standard) and the In-Band BCH code (conforming to ANSI T1.105.08). Employing a proprietary decoding architecture, Bitmath's FEC cores and custom ASIC designs offer small gate count and significantly lower latency than other offerings.

The Optical Storage System designs include analog RF circuitry, Read-Channel, Servo Controller and Error Correction subsystems. Bitmath has developed prototype silicon along with a system controller in the form of a firmware package running on several different embedded processors.

About OZ Optics:

OZ Optics Limited designs, manufactures and markets fiber optic components for existing and next-generation optical networks and systems based on proprietary technology, trade secrets and patents. For more information, visit www.ozoptics.com.

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