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21 August 2008


JDSU founder Straus to chair GigOptix advisory board

GigOptix LLC of Palo Alto, CA, USA, a subsidiary of GigOptix-Helix AG in Zurich, Switzerland, says that Dr Jozef Straus will become the first chair of its newly formed advisory board.

GigOptix describes itself as a fabless semiconductor manufacturer of electronic engines for the optically connected digital world, providing high-speed optical physical media dependent (PMD) ICs with a portfolio including modulator drivers, laser drivers and trans-impedance amplifiers (TIAs) for telecom, datacom, Infiniband and consumer optical systems, transmitting data at rates of 3.125-100Gb/s, covering all laser technologies (serial and parallel).

Straus co-founded JDS Fitel in 1981 and was instrumental in its merger with Uniphase Corp in 1999 to create broadband and optical communications component maker JDS Uniphase Corp (JDSU) of Milpitas, CA, USA. After retiring in August 2003 as JDSU’s CEO, Straus held the role of founder emeritus until the end of 2005. Prior to JDS Fitel, Straus held various research and management positions with Bell Northern Research and Nortel.

“To be able to call on the advice and experience of such an industry veteran will be of great benefit to GigOptix as we grow our business,” says Dr Avi Katz, GigOptix’s chairman and CEO.

Straus also currently serves on the boards of various private high-tech companies. He is a past board member of Group Telecom, Photonics Research Ontario, the Alberta Information and Communication Technology Advisory Board and the University of Ottawa’s Science Advisory Council.

Straus received the 2004 NRC/CATA Alliance Innovation & Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the 2001 Engineering Management Award from the University of Southern California. He is also a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and electronic Engineers.

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