Lumera introduces 40-Gbit/sec optical polymer modulator

OCTOBER 15, 2007 -- Lumera claims its modulator combines the lowest drive voltage and the highest bandwidth capabilities available on the market today, while maintaining a smaller footprint than existing electro-optic modulators.

OCTOBER 15, 2007 -- Lumera Corp. (search for Lumera) today announced the release of its 40-Gbit/sec electro-optic polymer modulator for optical transmission systems. Lumera claims its modulator combines the lowest drive voltage and the highest bandwidth capabilities available on the market today, while maintaining a smaller footprint than existing electro-optic modulators.

"The global expansion of broadband networks due to the dramatic increase in data transmission traffic has generated increased deployment of 40-Gbit/sec optical network systems," explains Dr. Raluca Dinu, vice president of Lumera's Electro-Optic Business Unit. "We are proud of our achievement, as our modulators offer simultaneously low drive voltage and broadband capabilities."

Gilder Technology has coined the word "exaflood" to describe the rise in connected devices such as cell phones and music players. The ever increasing number of consumers utilizing these products has fueled interest in components with higher performance as telecommunications companies are being forced to upgrade their network systems to meet the demand.

"We believe that system developers are close to making the leap from 40-Gbit/sec to 100- Gbit/sec networks to meet the growing demand for bandwidth, greater speed, and lower power consumption," adds Dinu. "Our polymer modulators meet those requirements and position us well to capitalize from the market explosion."

Lumera says it intends to aggressively market the unique value proposition of its modulators to system developers currently working on 40-Gbit/sec communications networks. By demonstrating that polymers are a superior and reliable alternative to crystalline materials, the company claims it will strategically position the next phase of its electro-optic product suite: the 100-Gbit/sec modulator.


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