27 August 2010


Connector Optics begins development of new industrial facilities to house MBE systems

Optical component maker Connector Optics LLC of St Petersburg, Russia has signed contracts for the design of new facilities in the Parnas industrial area of St.Petersburg. Completion of the plant is scheduled for spring 2011.

Connector Optics was established in 2009 and owns intellectual property rights for the production of 850/980nm ultra-high-speed (up to 40Gb/s) vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) and photodetectors for data transmission via local-area networks (LAN), storage-area networks (SAN), active optical cables (AOC), supercomputers, and optical interconnects (USB 3.0, 4.0).

The new facilities will incorporate 400 sq. m. of clean room space, equipped with industrial molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) systems for the mass production of GaAs-based epitaxial heterostructures, to be used in high-speed (up to 40 Gbit/s) active optical components (VCSELs and photodetectors).

According to the firm, the devices will be used in next-generation fiber optic communications, such as the optical interconnects of supercomputers, data centers, HDMI and DisplayPort optic cables, and future USB cables.

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