IME, Fujikura partner for optical modulators

Sept. 29, 2010
SEPTEMBER 29, 2010 -- The Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a research institute under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore, and Fujikura Ltd. of Japan have announced a research collaboration agreement to jointly develop next-generation silicon optical modulators for future optical communication networks.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2010 -- The Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a research institute under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore, and Fujikura Ltd. of Japan have announced a research collaboration agreement to jointly develop next-generation silicon optical modulators for future optical communication networks. The partnership aims to commercialize and launch the new silicon optical device for the emerging optical communications market in Japan.

Fujikura will leverage IME’s design expertise and silicon-based process infrastructure to build an integrated optical device with high aggregate data rate.

“We envision our strategic partnership to accelerate our vision of a low-cost and high-yield ‘plug-and-play’ solution to connect multiple devices to PCs with fiber-optic lines. IME’s proximity to the other supply chain providers in Singapore is also an added incentive to the collaboration,” said Takamasa Kato, executive vice president of Fujikura.

Added Kato, “IME is one of the few organizations in the world to offer advanced CMOS research facilities and silicon photonics prototyping services on a cost-sharing platform. The application of silicon-on-insulator wafers and fully CMOS-compatible processes in IME’s solutions will offset the costly equipment investments commonly associated with technology transition.”

Professor Dim-Lee Kwong, executive director of IME, said, “We foresee optical devices that deploy dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) and fiber-optic based techniques to make up a considerable portion of the market share. Silicon is a widely used material in semiconductor fabrication processes and IME has made possible the fabrication of optical devices on existing silicon-based process infrastructure. This will undoubtedly help to position the industry players for the emerging optoelectronics market.”

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