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Kotura Intros 100G Engine

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. -- Next week at OFC/NFOEC 2012, silicon photonics innovator Kotura, Inc. will demonstrate its low-power 100 gigabits per second (Gb/s) optical engine to support the interconnect fabric for next generation data centers and high performance computers (HPC). The new optical engine chips are based on Kotura's micron scale manufacturing platform currently in mass production and deployed in live networks around the world since 2006. With three of the five largest telecommunication OEMs already using Kotura products in their 10, 40 and 100 Gb/s networks, the company is approaching a million channels per year currently in production.

Kotura's silicon photonics platform supports optical engines using Wave Division Multiplexing (WDM), in which different signals can share the same path. As the only silicon photonics provider to offer WDM, Kotura's optical engine provides distinct advantages, including reducing the cost of fiber and associated connectors within the interconnect fabric for 4x25 GHz solutions by a factor of four, as well as readily expanding from four channels to eight, 16 or even 40 channels over a single strand of optical fiber. Additionally, Kotura's silicon photonics platform also supports optical engines using parallel fiber channels.

"The optical engine provides our customers with an inexpensive, small form factor that reduces power consumption and provides a high level of integration," said Mehdi Asghari, CTO of Kotura. "Moreover, we are addressing the need for green solutions that will alleviate some of the strain associated with power hogs such as data centers and high performance computers. Since our inception, we have been focused on developing a platform that enables innovative solutions based on silicon photonics that can take us to the next generation of connectivity. This is an important milestone, and we look forward to being a part of new computing solutions that outperform what is possible today."

Kotura Inc.

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