Optical components

GigOptix Shipping 100G Modulator

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- GigOptix, Inc. (OTCQX: GGOX.OB - News), a leading fabless supplier of semiconductor and optical components that enable high speed end to end information streaming over the network today announced the shipment of production 100Gbps serial Mach-Zehnder Modulators (MZM) to Mil/Aero European customers.

The LX8901 is a serial 100Gbps DPSK (Differential Phase Shift Keying) MZM implemented using GigOptix's proprietary Thin Film Polymer on Silicon (TFPSTM) technology. The device is unique in that it provides optical bandwidth of over 65GHz with low drive voltage. The LX8901 enables a number of ultrahigh frequency applications in the field of microwave photonics such as antenna remoting, RF beam steering, phased array radar, ultrahigh frequency signal sampling and mixing that are not viable using other modulator technologies, such as Indium Phosphide and Lithium Niobate. The LX8901's compact form factor and large bandwidth further enables systems solutions required in demanding aerospace and other military applications.

Eric Miller, General Manager of GigOptix Bothell stated, "We are delighted to bring yet another TFPS modulator to production to serve the Mil/Aero markets. Moreover, with our recent shipments we are seeing interest for our devices from new markets, especially in microwave photonics and instrumentation and measurement, since the device's high bandwidth can enable complex high fidelity signal generation at ultra-high speeds."

GigOptix Inc. (OTC: GGOX)

^Eagle^ 12/5/2012 | 5:38:58 PM
re: GigOptix Shipping 100G Modulator

I am happy Gig has sold the MZi into the Mil/Aero application space.  And happy they have reached the 64Ghz bandwidth.

However, the story is not exactly accurate.  There are indeed Lithium Niobate and Indium Phosphide MZI's with equivalent bandwidth.  And there are devices with equivalent low drive voltages while maintaining the high bandwidth.

To say that the GigOptix device is among the very few to achieve this would be accurate.  To say that it is the first is in accurate.  To say that it is the only one is also inaccurate.

Note: these are facts.  not opinions.  I have seen the data and know of people using those devices.  

But congratulations on the deal.  Happy they closed it.


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