EXFO buys EHVA for PIC testing and automation

Oct. 13, 2022
EXFO has expanded its portfolio for testing photonic integrated circuits (PICs) via the acquisition of Quebec City based EHVA. EHVA offers PIC test stations, unified test automation and management software capabilities, and PIC test services.

EXFO has expanded its portfolio for testing photonic integrated circuits (PICs) via the acquisition of Quebec City based EHVA. EHVA offers PIC test stations, unified test automation and management software capabilities, and PIC test services. It appears the automation capabilities sparked the deal, the financial terms of which were not disclosed.

EHVA spun out of the Center for Optics, Photonics, and Lasers (COPL) at Laval University in March 2019 with CEO Raphael Dubé-Demers and CTO Wei Shi as co-founders. Both executives will come aboard EXFO along with the rest of the company’s team.

EXFO says it plans to integrate EHVA’s process software suite with its swept continuous laser scanning technology to enable fully automated PIC testing that improves efficiency and performance while avoiding production bottlenecks. The new capabilities will advance EXFO’s ambition to provide automated, turnkey end-to-end testing of optical components from lab to manufacturing, according to the company.

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Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

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