GigOptix receives grant to customize 40G modulators for supercomputing

AUGUST 2, 2010 -- GigOptix (OTCBB: GGOX) says it has secured a grant for $200,000 in research and development funds to customize the company’s proprietary LX8400 40-Gbps Thin Film Polymer on Silicon (TFPS) Mach Zehnder (MZ) modulator for use in an ongoing U.S. government supercomputing program.

AUGUST 2, 2010 -- GigOptix (OTCBB: GGOX) says it has secured a grant for $200,000 in research and development funds to customize the company’s proprietary LX8400 40-Gbps Thin Film Polymer on Silicon (TFPS) Mach Zehnder (MZ) modulator for use in an ongoing U.S. government supercomputing program. The company didn’t reveal which U.S. agency provided the grant.

GigOptix says its TFPS MZ modulators have a bandwidth of up to 65 GHz and a low drive voltage, a combination that enables data transmission at very high rates with low power consumption. Following the completion of a previous program where a GigOptix modulator was able to successfully transmit 40-Gbps data at temperatures of 40° Kelvin or -233° Celsius, this latest grant will be used to further optimize the low-temperature operation of the design to enable optical links in next generation peta-flop class supercomputers between processors running at ultra low temperatures and large scale memory running at room temperatures.

Dr. Raluca Dinu, vice president and general manager commented, “We are very excited to continue our cooperation on this program to further refine the low temperature operation of our TFPS modulators for supercomputer applications. We have identified specific design and process improvements from our previous tests to further improve 40G modulator performance at lower temperatures. Participation in this program demonstrates that GigOptix’s TFPS modulators can provide value not only to long-reach telecom applications, but also to short-reach supercomputer and datacenter applications.”

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