CyOptics acquires Inplane Photonics

NOVEMBER 7, 2007 -- CyOptics says the acquisition of Inplane Photonics' silica-on-silicon PLC technology expands its toolbox for Photonic Integrated Circuits.

NOVEMBER 7, 2007 -- CyOptics Inc. (search for CyOptics), developer of Indium Phosphide (InP) optical chip and component technologies, today announced the acquisition of Inplane Photonics, manufacturer of planar lightwave circuits (search for PLCs) for optical networks in telecommunications and defense applications. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

Inplane's silica-on-silicon PLC technology enables the integration of optical circuits for data transmission, distribution, detection, and conditioning on multi-function silicon chips, say CyOptics representatives. This integration allows the miniaturization of components for optical communication networks in a variety of markets, from telecom to bio-photonics and test & measurement. The acquisition expands CyOptics' Photonic Integrated Circuits (search for PICs) technology platforms through the combination of monolithic and hybrid integration of InP laser and detector arrays onto PLCs, says the company. This integration will reduce the number of individual components required, thereby increasing the functionality and lowering overall cost.

"The addition of Inplane's complementary PLC technology will bring new capabilities to CyOptics' PICs and will allow us to enhance the integration features of our products," contends Ed Coringrato, CEO of CyOptics. "The combination of best-in-class InP and PLC technology will create a unique capability in the market. We will also leverage the PLC technology to further expand Inplane's and CyOptics' many existing engagements with the defense industry," he notes.

"The team at Inplane has developed an impressive portfolio of PLC building blocks and has clearly established a technology leadership position in the market of PLC integration," adds Michael Cyrus, CEO of Inplane Photonics. "With the addition of the silica-on-silicon PLC technology, CyOptics is well positioned to address the future growth markets in telecommunication and defense."

Inplane claims to have achieved one of the highest levels of PLC integration, both in terms of the number as well as the variety of photonic elements achieved in the market today. Most notable, says the company, is its use of high and multi-delta materials in waveguide circuits for optimizing performance, innovative optical circuit designs for new and improved functionality, use of on-chip gain through Erbium doped waveguides, and hybrid integration of semiconductor source and detector components.

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