1 October 2002 -- Vancouver's West Bay Semiconductor Inc has signed a sales and distribution agreement for Germany, Austria and Switzerland with Munich-based Azzurri Technology GmbH, previously Tekelec Airtronic GmbH and established in 2000.
West Bay says that the region represents one of the largest potential markets in Europe for its SDH/SONET channelised and virtual concatenation framer chips, which address OC-3/STM-1 to OC-48/STM-16 next-generation and Ethernet-over-SONET/SDH (EoS) applications. Telecoms equipment manufacturers with R&D centres in the area include ADVA, Alcatel, Cisco, Lucent, Marconi and Siemens.
"Every one of our products is designed from the ground up not only for the North American communications transmission standard SONET, but also importantly for the international SDH marketplace," said president and CEO Tino Varelas.
West Bay's announced last July that France's technology conglomerate Groupe SAGEM had sponsored one of its advanced next-generation optical networking standard product SDH/SONET chips. West Bay estimated gross revenues from the sale of the new chip to SAGEM to exceed USD10m over five years.
West Bay says that it supports customers in Europe through a network of sales representatives and distributors located in every key market on the continent, and through its office in Munich led by former Infineon and PMC-Sierra executive David Coleman.