3 March 2012

Sanmina-SCI and GigOptix expand design partnership for 100G modulator

Contract manufacturer Sanmina-SCI Corp has expanded its partnership with GigOptix Inc of San Jose, CA, USA, which supplies semiconductor and optical components including modulator and laser drivers and transimpedance amplifier ICs based on III-V materials. Specifically, Sanmina-SCI has designed the optical packaging and is industrializing GigOptix’s LX8240 next-generation 100G coherent TFPS (Thin Film Silicon on Polymer) optical modulator.

“GigOptix’s new 100G modulators are based on their proprietary TFPS technology that has never been produced before, and requires an unprecedented level of precision and accuracy,” says David Dutkowsky, executive VP of Sanmina-SCI’s Communications Networks Division. “Because of our significant investments in the optical space in the past decade, we have the design, industrialization, test and custom manufacturing expertise to commercialize these revolutionary products,” he adds.

GigOptix says that, based on its proprietary TFPS technology, the LX8240’s ultra-small form factor, low insertion loss, and low power consumption suit use in metro, long-haul and ultra-long-haul optical transport applications. The modulator leverages the firm’s proprietary TFPS technology to provide low power consumption in what is claimed to be the smallest-footprint modulator on the market.

“We started working with Sanmina-SCI on our 40G technology and when we saw their design capabilities, and the level of engineering collaboration given to GigOptix, we were convinced they could help us bring our 100G technology to market in an efficient matter that would help us gain traction when engineering slots began to open,” says Dr Raluca Dinu, general manager & VP of optics at GigOptix. “They have become an extension of our own design team,” he adds.

Sanmina-SCI’s Optical and Microelectronics Division designs, industrializes, tests and manufactures complex optical and RF components and products. With facilities in the Americas and China, the division's global footprint can be customized to provide a secure supply chain that protects companies from component availability disruptions.

GigOptix and Sanmina-SCI are showcasing their optical solutions in booths #1233 and #819, respectively, at next week’s Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC 2012) in Los Angeles (4-8 March). Sanmina-SCI will focus on its design, industrialization and custom manufacturing capabilities.

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