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GigOptix And Fraunhofer-HHI Announce Strategic Partnership To Develop Production Ready Reference Platform Of 100Gbps Coherent Polymer-based Transceiver For CFP And CFP2 Applications

GigOptix, Inc. (NYSE MKT: GIG), a leading supplier of advanced semiconductor and optical communications components, and Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, a leading polymer technology and communication systems research institute, today announced a strategic partnership to commence a fully integrated production-ready reference platform to enable volume production of 100Gbps form factor Pluggable CFP and CFP2 optical transceiver modules for 100Gbps coherent telecom applications such as 100Gbps DP-QPSK, based on GigOptix’s active polymer modulator technology (TFPS TM).

The highly-integrated CFP and CFP2 modules represent the next generation of System-In-Package (SIP) optical transceivers. The SIP modules will contain an integrated polymer Transmit Optical Sub-Assembly (TOSA), using the GigOptix TFPS modulator chip, and an integrated Receive Optical Sub-Assembly (ROSA). The integrated TOSA SIP will be available initially with GigOptix GX62455 100Gbps quad driver with further integration plans in development. GigOptix has formed fully owned subsidiary GigOptix GmbH, as a key integration center working closely with Fraunhofer HHI and other regional partners.

“We are honored to partner with Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute to advance the deployment of polymer technology in the high growth 100Gbps coherent market,” said Dr. Raluca Dinu, General Manager and Vice President of the Optics Product Line at GigOptix, Inc. “This partnership combines the best 100Gbps polymer technology into CFP and CFP2 packages. The Thin Film Polymer on Silicon (TFPS) technology that we have developed provides a foundation for smaller System-In-Package (SIP) optical transceivers. The combination of the tunable laser from Fraunhofer HHI, and the optical modulator from GigOptix, advances the next generation of optical transceiver SIPs based on our TFPS technology.”

“Fraunhofer HHI is pleased to partner with GigOptix on the development of advanced 100Gbps integrated tunable transceivers,” said Dr. Martin Schell, Department Head Photonic Components of HHI. “We believe that both the InP and the electro-optic polymer modulator technology will find their respective niches in the applications space. Integration of GigOptix’ electro-optic polymer modulator together with HHI’s passive polymer toolbox functionalities in an industry standard module provides a compelling solution, both in terms of power and size. We feel that the partnership with GigOptix provides excellent optical synergy and represents the best path to commercialize our polymer technology.”

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