3 May 2012

Kotura appoints VP of business development

Kotura Inc of Monterey Park, CA, USA, which designs and makes silicon photonics application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for the communications, computing, sensing and detection markets, says that, as the market for silicon photonics is heating up, it has appointed Samir Desai as VP of business development to oversee expansion of its strategic relationships and business development activities in the rapidly expanding market of optical interconnects.

The firm says that Desai has well-rounded expertise in business development, strategic marketing/sales and account management in the enterprise optics market.

“At a time when all of the key market players are evaluating the tradeoffs between electrical and optical interconnects, Samir will be instrumental in expanding our partnerships and strategic relationships in the data-center and high-performance computing markets,” says president & CEO Jean-Louis Malinge.

“With its low power, compact size and WDM scalability, Kotura’s 100Gb/s optical engine offers the best silicon photonics solution,” claims Desai. “I look forward to working with the Kotura team as we unlock the company’s full potential to develop integrated optoelectronic solutions that provide increased processing speed, reduced heat and energy consumption, and lower costs.”
Kotura says that its silicon photonics devices have reliably logged more than 1 billion channel hours of operation. The firm has 140 issued and applied patents.

Most recently, Desai was responsible for active optics global business development at TE Connectivity. He has led two business acquisitions: one for Primarion Opto Group to Zarlink Semiconductor in 2006, the other for Zarlink’s optical communication group to TE Connectivity in 2010. Desai started his career at QLogic Corp, where he held several growing responsibilities in applications engineering, product marketing, and leading the fiber channel marketing group. Desai holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Fullerton.

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