22 October 2020
POET and Sanan IC to form Super Photonics Xiamen
POET Technologies Inc of Toronto, Ontario, Canada — designer and developer of the POET Optical Interposer and photonic integrated circuits (PICs) for the data-center and telecom markets — and Sanan Integrated Circuit Co Ltd of Xiamen City, Fujian province (a subsidiary of Sanan Optoelectronics Co Ltd, China’s first 6-inch pure-play compound semiconductor wafer foundry) have signed a definitive joint venture contract and applied for the registration of Super Photonics Xiamen Co Ltd to offer a new generation of cost-effective, high-performance optical engines to transceiver module manufacturers, systems suppliers, data-center operators and network providers globally.
The venture has been capitalized with a commitment of cash and manufacturing expertise from Sanan IC and intellectual property and design know-how from POET. Super Photonics will assemble, test, package and sell optical engines, a primary component of optical transceivers that transmit data between switches and servers in data centers and between data centers and metro areas. Modular pluggable transceivers represent a major portion of the capital spending for equipment by companies such as Google, Alibaba, Facebook, Tencent and others engaged in building hyperscale data centers.
“Sanan IC is dedicating significant capital and management talent to this new joint venture,” says the firm’s CEO Raymond Cai. “By combining Sanan IC’s manufacturing capabilities and devices with POET’s advanced optical engine designs, Super Photonics will be able to offer highly attractive solutions to the data communications and telecommunications markets,” he believes.
“Super Photonics is both the culmination of a long path for POET and the beginning of a new phase in our growth and development as a company,” says POET’s chairman & CEO Dr Suresh Venkatesan.
Super Photonics intends to design, manufacture and sell products for a variety of applications including optical engines for transceivers used in data centers and for the fiber-based segments of the 5G communications market (each among the highest-growth segments of the datacom and telecom markets).