Semiconductor Startup Launches

Startup is developing physical layer chips for high-speed optical networking applications

September 14, 2000

1 Min Read

OTTAWA and SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Quake Technologies Inc., a fabless semiconductor start-up with offices in Ottawa and San Jose, today announced its entrance into the exciting and emerging market of optical networking and the launch of the company's intentions to serve the short to medium reach optical networking market. Quake is developing physical layer chips for high-speed optical networking applications. The company's founders, who bring experience from ANADIGICS Inc., Nortel Networks and Agilent Technologies, share the goal of delivering high performance mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) for 10 gigabit and above speeds for Ethernet, Infiniband, Fibre Channel, and SONET/SDH applications.

"The systems currently available are primarily built for telecom applications," said Daniel Trepanier, President and CEO of Quake Technologies. "Our mixed-signal, physical layer chips will enable optical networks to create higher bandwidth for the 10 Gb/s and above optical networking market. Our products will boast high performance with the highest level of integration, and lower power consumption, resulting in lower overall costs. This is exactly what short to medium reach module and system manufacturers are looking for at this speed."

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