GigOptix says silicon photonics order imminent for joint venture

In a press statement announcing his company’s first quarter numbers, GigOptix Inc. (NYSE MKT: GIG) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Avi Katz revealed the BrPhotonics joint venture with Brazil’s CPqD should soon receive an order for a silicon photonics-based component from a Tier 1 OEM customer he did not further identify.

In a press statement announcing his company’s first quarter numbers, GigOptix Inc. (NYSE MKT: GIG) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Avi Katz revealed that the BrPhotonics joint venture with Brazil’s CPqD should soon receive an order for a silicon photonics-based component from a Tier 1 OEM customer he did not further identify.

GigOptix and CPqD announced the formation of BrPhotonics Produtos Optoeletrônicos LTDA this past February. The joint venture, headquartered in Campinas, Brazil, combines GigOptix’s Thin Film Polymer on Silicon (TFPS) technology and CPqD’s silicon photonics expertise to create integrated optical components. Roadmap products include a 100-Gbps DP-QPSK TOSA and ROSA for CFP2 optical transceivers with an integrated TFPS modulator. The company also is expected to develop similar products, targeting data rates from 100 Gbps to 1 Tbps, for CFP4 modules based on silicon photonics.

BrPhotonics showed off a 100-Gbps TOSA for CFP2 reference design at this year’s OFC in San Francisco.

“We are also encouraged with the early results from the BrPhotonics joint venture,” Katz said via the press release. “This quarter we expect to receive an initial purchase order for a silicon photonics component from a Tier 1 OEM that would include first samples to be delivered by year- end. We are pleased with BrP’s silicon photonics progress to date, which is backed by strong technology from GigOptix and CPqD and Brazilian government support.”

CPqD is an independent research and development institution in Brazil focused on information and communication technologies (ICT) applications.

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