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12 March 2019

SiFotonics raises $30m in funding as it adds new production facility in China

SiFotonics Technologies Co Ltd of Woburn, MA, USA, which develops and manufactures germanium-on-silicon (Ge-on-Si) devices and silicon photonics integrated circuits (using its R&D centers in Beijing and Shanghai), has completed a new round of investment of more than $30m, and will expand capacity with a new production facility in Nanjing, China.

“With new funding and a new manufacturing facility, SiFotonics is well positioned for market adoption of our leading-edge silicon photonics integrated circuit product solutions for global optical networking customers,” reckons founder & CEO Dr Dong Pan.

Also, veteran technology executive Dr Rang-Chen Yu has joined SiFotonics as chief operating officer. “He has a wealth of industry experience and proven track record of turning new technologies into commercial success and turning young companies into large businesses, and we are looking forward to his leadership to grow the company to the next level,” comments Pan.

Before joining SiFotonics, Yu was VP & general manager of the Optoelectronic Solutions business unit of Molex company Oplink Communications LLC. Previously, he was global VP at Source Photonics. He also served as senior executive and in management positions with Fiberxon (acquired by MRV), Agility Communications (acquired by JDSU) and SDL (also acquired by JDSU). He has a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Physics from Peking University.

“SiFotonics’ team is one of the early pioneers in development of silicon photonics for optical networking applications and has developed one of industry’s most advanced Ge-on-silicon capabilities, with complex photonics integrated circuit platforms,” comments Yu. “With rapid increasing bandwidth for data centers networking connections and 5G wireless optical transports, SiFotonics’ core technologies will provide differentiated and compelling solutions to address these challenges. In addition, SiFotonics has also developed silicon photonics platforms with a unique combination of commercial CMOS foundry and proprietary controlled Ge-on-Si processes and fabrication tools that enable rapid innovation with high efficiency,” he adds. “I am looking forward to working with SiFotonics team to accelerate product solution development for global tier-1 customers with commercial success”.

Tags: silicon photonics Germanium APDs

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