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18 May 2007


Optium completes acquisition of Kailight

Optium Corp of Horsham, PA, USA, which designs and manufactures optical subsystems supporting core to the edge applications for the telecom and cable TV networks, has completed its acquisition of Kailight Photonics Inc (announced at the end of March) for about $35m in cash plus a further sum of up to $5m, depending on the acquired business' performance.

Founded in 2001 and with offices in Dallas, TX and Nes Ziona, Israel, Kailight develops 300-pin 40Gb/s transceivers addressing both line-side and client-side applications. The firm says that its proprietary 40Gb/s technology enables both high performance and next-generation functionality, such as integrated PMD (polarization mode dispersion) compensation and multiple modulation formats not currently available on any existing 300-pin 40Gb/s transceivers on the market.

The acquisition will build on Optium’s suite of optical transport solutions (fixed or wavelength-agile 10Gb/s and 40Gb/s transceivers and subsystems, 10Gb/s pluggable transceivers, CATV trunking and distribution subsystems and next-generation WSS ROADMs) and will enable Optium to provide either 40Gb/s modules or full line-card solutions for 40Gb/s applications.

Kailight will operate as a subsidiary from its Nes Ziona facility and will be renamed Optium Israel. Kailight’s president and CEO Sagie Tsadka has been named VP and general manager, and will continue to lead its 40Gb/s initiatives.

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