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24 September 2008


Innolume receives Frost & Sullivan Award for Innovation of the Year

At the 2008 Growth Excellence Awards Banquet on 16 September in San Francisco, CA, Innolume received the 2008 North American Technology Innovation of the Year Award from market research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.

Innolume was originally spun-out of the Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute in St Petersburg, Russia, and now has a fabrication facility in Dortmund, Germany and marketing / testing office in Santa Clara, CA for laser chips and modules targeted at medical, industrial, communications and computer markets.

“Innolume’s unique laser technology is based on quantum dots (QDs), which provide a wide operational spectrum covering 1064nm to 1310nm as well as broad optical gain,” says Frost & Sullivan research analyst Avinash Bhaskar. “The company's technological innovation promises inexpensive yet highly efficient light sources for emerging applications, including silicon photonics for optical interconnect systems and lasers for niche medical applications such as optical coherence tomography (OCT).”

Each year the Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Innovation is presented to the company that has demonstrated excellence in new products and technologies within its industry. Frost & Sullivan’s analysts track all new product launches, R&D spending, products in development, and new product features and modifications. Product criteria include significance, competitive advantage, innovation, acceptance, value-added services, and number of competitors with similar product(s).

Innolume says that the award comes at a technological tipping point for the firm. In March, it launched a unique QD comb laser (InnoComb), a single Fabry-Perot semiconductor laser that emits many wavelengths, each of which can be modulated at high speed and combined into an optical fiber or silicon photonic network. Innolume claims that the comb laser is an enabler for future computer optical interconnects, allowing the low-cost migration of telecom wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) technology into the computer. For the first time, a comb diode laser is making WDM a practical option for short-reach signaling in commodity computer applications.

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