CrossFiber snaps up photonic switch assets of OMM

CrossFiber Inc. says it has acquired the photonic switch assets of OMM, which was among the pioneers of MEMS-based optical switches for telecommunications applications. According to Crossfire, which makes photonic switches itself, they now own “the entire patent portfolio, invention and lab notebooks, manufacturing knowhow, and 2D MEMS switch inventory” of OMM.

CrossFiber Inc. says it has acquired the photonic switch assets of OMM, which was among the pioneers of MEMS-based optical switches for telecommunications applications (see "OMM introduces MEMS-based all-optical switch module" and "OMM MEMS-based optical switches pass Telcordia"). According to Crossfire, which makes photonic switches itself, they now own “the entire patent portfolio, invention and lab notebooks, manufacturing knowhow, and 2D MEMS switch inventory” of OMM.

CrossFiber focuses on photonic switches for carrier and data center applications. Its LiteSwitch all-optical switches feature 3D MEMS micro-mirror technology originally started at OMM, combined with beam control innovations developed and licensed by Trex --which incubated CrossFiber-- and CrossFiber's own work in beam control, switch architecture, and precision optics. CrossFiber has now been fully spun off from Trex as an independent company.

"We now own an even stronger IP portfolio and a deeper base of knowhow," said Hus Tigli, CrossFiber's President & CEO, who also served as the CEO of OMM. "Our core technologies, combined with our innovations in automated manufacturing and testing of precision parts, enable us to serve customers demanding performance, economical solutions and volume manufacturing."

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