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9 November 2012

Advanced Photonix receives $5.9m telecom 100G commitment

Picometrix LLC of Ann Arbor, MI, USA, a subsidiary of Advanced Photonix Inc (which designs and makes silicon, InP- and GaAs-based APD, PIN, and FILTRODE photodetectors, HSOR high-speed optical receivers, and T-Ray terahertz instrumentation), has secured a $5.9m commitment for calendar year 2013 for its 100Gb/s and 40Gb/s high-speed optical receivers from a “leading telecoms network equipment customer”.

The annual commitment is estimated at more than $5.2m for the firm’s 100G family of coherent receivers for DP-QPSK (dual-polarization quadrature phase-shift keying) modulation and $760,000 for its 40G receivers for DPSK (differential phase-shift keying) modulation, both of which are used in long-haul dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) systems. Shipments are expected to begin in the firm’s fiscal fourth-quarter 2013.

The CR-100A 100G optical receiver uses the firm’s patented photodiode arrays, an optical photonic integrated circuit (PIC), and high-speed linear amplifiers. The product comes in the industry-standard CCRx multi-source agreement (MSA) form factor, is consistent with OIF (the Optical Internetworking Forum), and supports data rates up to 128Gb/s. Picometrix claims that it offers the industry’s most complete line of 100G and 40G HSOR solutions for both client-side and line-side equipment.

“We are pleased to have received a substantial increase in commitment for 2013 from our lead customer,” says API’s chief operating officer Robin Risser. “This further validates our success in developing optical receivers that support our network equipment customers’ deployment of next-generation optical networks to global telecom service providers,” he adds. “This agreement demonstrates that 100G coherent network deployment is in the early growth stage as service providers continue to selectively spend on capacity expansion, despite a weak macro-economic environment, to accommodate traffic growth driven by video, mobile video, the proliferation of network-attached devices, and social networking applications that are enabling consumers to access bandwidth-intensive content anytime and anywhere over fixed and wireless networks.”

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