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9 October 2007


Kotura and CyOptics secure NIST-ATP award to develop TERAPICS

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Technology Program (ATP) has awarded Kotura Inc and CyOptics Inc $5.9m to fund a three-year project covering the development of next generation Terabit Photonic Integrated Circuits (TERAPICS).

Kotura of Monterey Park, CA, USA will develop integrated silicon photonics chips for the project. These will serve as the mounting platforms for the laser and receiver arrays, and will also provide the multiplex and de-multiplex functions.

“In network centers and high performance computing clusters TERAPICS will reduce the number of transceivers, connectors and fibers by a factor of 100,” said Arlon Martin, Kotura’s VP of sales and marketing.  “We are excited that NIST-ATP sees the potential of our combined technologies to achieve this goal.”

Founded in 1999, CyOptics of Lehigh Valley, PA, USA will develop the monolithic arrays of high speed indium phosphide (InP) based lasers and detectors, the automated assembly processes and the laser and receiver components.

CyOptics’ Stefan Rochus, VP of marketing and business development, added: “The TERAPICS development project will leverage CyOptics’ broad device portfolio of InP based lasers, receivers and integration processes as well as our highly automated assembly and packaging platforms.”

The initial phase of the project will provide a platform for 100Gb Ethernet, while the end-goal is to demonstrate optical laser and receiver components for transmission speeds of up to 1 Terabit-per-second (1,000Gbps).

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