August 17, 2005 Or Akiva, Israel -- ColorChip, a manufacturer of glass-based planer lightwave circuit (PLC) chips and modules for fiber-optic communications, has acquired Lambda Crossing's optics plant. ColorChip says the plant and its equipment will be used to mass-produce the company's chips; the company is currently in the process of expanding and shifting its focus from development to mass production.
"ColorChip sees this acquisition as a one-time opportunity to join the leading suppliers in the area of [FTTH]," says Moshe Price, CEO of ColorChip.
ColorChip says the purchase of the existing, fully equipped plant will afford it the opportunity to significantly increase its manufacturing capabilities, with minimum investment and maximum time savings.
Later this month, the company expects to ship the first samples of its Meteor II FTTx SystemOnGlass (SOG) transceivers for optical network terminals/optical network units (ONT/ONU). According to the company, based on proprietary technology, the transceivers employ a mountable glass chip that integrates commercial laser diodes, photodiodes, and a minimum number of other electronic and electro-optic components, while using no free space elements.
ColorChip currently supplies PLC splitters, based on the company's Ion-Exchange process, to the FTTX, CATV, analog, and digital PON markets.