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OFC Snapshot: Emcore

LOS ANGELES -- OFC 2015 -- The OFC event brought together many different types of companies from around the world, with one unifying technology/topic/trend -- optical.

Well, OFC is the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition, after all.

Most vendors on the expansive show floor showed off chips, components, modules and systems for telco and data center networks, so Emcore Corp. (Nasdaq: EMKR), with its optical chips and systems for cable and video networks, stood out.

The company demonstrated an end-to-end DOCSIS 3.1 transmission link over 40 KM of fiber linking an optical switch and a prototype DOCSIS 3.1 optical network unit (ONU). For more details, see this press release.

Demo Double Act
Emcore's corporate marketing communications manager Joel Counter and product marketing director Grant Olecko keep close guard of their DOCSIS 3.1 demo.
Emcore's corporate marketing communications manager Joel Counter and product marketing director Grant Olecko keep close guard of their DOCSIS 3.1 demo.

Emcore has recently decided to focus on its core business, which it refers to as its Broadband Fiber Optics line. It sold its tunable laser and transceiver product lines to NeoPhotonics Corp. (NYSE: NPTN) early this year in a deal that could be worth up to $17.5 million and sold its Space Photovoltaics unit to Veritas Capital for $150 million in December 2014. (See NeoPhotonics Closes Emcore Components Buy.)

Here's a snapshot of Emcore:

Table 1: Company Snapshot: Emcore

Company name Emcore Corp.
Headquarters Alhambra, Calif.
Founded 1984
Headcount About 500
Company focus/strategy Vertically integrated CATV transmission components and systems
Funding/market value Public on Nasdaq (EMKR), market cap $175 million
Revenues About $18 million per quarter at current run rate
Profitability Slight operating loss from continuing operations in fiscal Q1 ended Dec. 31 2014
Headline customers/key accounts Cisco, Harris, Aurora Networks
Key partners BUBT (China) for resale
Main competitor Applied Optoelectronics
Favorite movie (of Joel Counter, corporate marketing comms manager) Chinatown

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[email protected] 4/2/2015 | 1:36:33 PM
DOCSIS 3.1 you say? Yes , they do say DOCSIS 3.1... and it was crankin; some mighty speeds over the demo network.

I bet the MSOs are chomping at the bit for the next set of high-speed tech with which to tweak the telcos.
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