OCP acquires Gore Photonics parallel optical module assets and IP

3 February 2003 -- Optical Communication Products has acquired the VCSEL-based parallel optical module assets and intellectual property of Gore Photonics.

3 February 2003 -- California-based Optical Communication Products Inc, a supplier of subsystems and modules for metro, local and storage area networks, has acquired the parallel optical module assets and intellectual property of Gore Photonics, the fibre-optics business unit of Newark-based W.L. Gore & Associates Inc and a developer of vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) parallel optical modules.

OCP says that Gore Photonics' 850nm optical module technology will allow it to accelerate the introduction of parallel array optical modules, which offer the high data transfer and low power consumption required for the next generation of equipment interconnect. OCP will continue to manufacture Gore's new parallel fibre-optic modules including the nLIGHTEN 2300, which conforms to the SNAP-12 multi-source agreement for 12 x 2.7Gbit/s modules.

"We believe that the Gore Photonics 850nm VCSEL parallel optical module technology will allow OCP to provide our customers with an enabling building block for the next generation of optical systems. This acquisition complements our recent acquisition of the technology of multi-channel optical modules based on 1300nm VCSEL arrays from Cielo Communications," said chairman and CEO Dr Muoi V Tran.

"We are pleased with the divestiture of our fibre-optic business to OCP," stated Russell Shaller, general manager of Gore Photonics. "It will provide the environment for the business to continue to grow, and it will allow Gore the opportunity to refocus our electronic components business on high-performance electrical interconnects and materials, our core technology."

The purchase price includes the acquisition of all capital equipment, inventory and intellectual property in the Gore Photonics module development and manufacturing facility at Elkton, Maryland. Also, OCP has hired the core technical team of Gore Photonics and will continue to operate a development centre in the Elkton/Newark area. Gore retains the VCSEL chip technology and intellectual property assets that are part of the Gore Photonics operation in Lompoc, California.


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