Lumera nets order for 100-Gbit/sec modulator

NOVEMBER 1, 2007 -- Lumera Corp. announced that it has received an order from "a well-known research institution" for its polymer-based 100-Gbit/sec electro-optic modulator, which the company touts as the first known modulator to transmit at that bit rate.

NOVEMBER 1, 2007 -- Lumera Corp. (search for Lumera) announced that it has received an order from "a well-known research institution" for its polymer-based 100-Gbit/sec electro-optic modulator, which the company touts as the first known modulator to transmit at that bit rate.

Specific terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Lumera introduced a 40-Gbit/sec modulator earlier this month.

The company asserts that the use of polymer technology enables a device that optimizes bandwidth while keeping power needs, and resulting heat, at low levels when compared to approaches based on crystalline materials.

"For modulators based on crystalline technologies the bandwidth is compromised as you lower the driving voltage," said Dr. Larry Dalton, a professor at the University of Washington who co-developed the IP upon which the polymer design is based. "To solve this dilemma, Lumera's electro-optic polymer modulators are the best and, right now, only known solution, as they offer simultaneously low driving voltage and extremely high bandwidth."

"We are at the crossroads of a significant shift occurring in the way communications networks are built," said Dr. Joseph Vallner, interim CEO of Lumera. "As communications demands continue to increase, the adoption of polymer technology as a reliable alternative to crystalline materials will become critical. Lumera expects to be a leader of that evolution."

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