AUGUST 4, 2009 â�� Silicon photonics developer Kotura Inc. (searcg Lightwave for Kotura) says it has been selected by Santur (saerch Lightwave for Santur) as a partner in the development of the latter's 100-Gbps platform. Kotura will provide a single-chip 10-channel optical multiplexer.
Santur recently announced a new round of funding targeted toward advancing its "Intelligent Integration" strategy, of which the 100-Gbps platform is an example (see "Santur secures funding to expand 'Intelligent Integration' for photonic integrated devices" as well as "Santur delivers tunable lasers, modules for 40/100G transport networks").
"Santur required a strategic partner for planar lightwave circuits (PLCs) who could meet our aggressive market entry requirements. Kotura had the team and the technology to deliver on schedule," said Paul Meissner, president and CEO of Santur. "We wanted to be the first company in the world to deliver 100 Gbps for client connectivity. Kotura played an essential role in our being first to market."
"We are delighted to be working with Santur on their high-speed optical 100 GbE strategy," added Jean-Louis Malinge, president and CEO of Kotura. "Whereas traditional solutions rely on hundreds of discrete components and a dozen fibers, our integration in a small silicon photonics chip is a critical factor that reduces the assembly complexity and decreases the power consumption."
"The 100-Gbps market is an exciting space, and is coming much faster than many originally thought," added Arlon Martin, vice president of sales and marketing at Kotura. "To support high-bandwidth video demand, servers are migrating from 1-Gbps ports to 10-Gbps ports. This is creating a bandwidth bottleneck at the next level of interconnect, driving networking and data center companies to implement their 100-Gbps cards now in order to solve this problem."