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Luxtera Pairs Up With ST

GENEVA and CARLSBAD, Calif. -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and Luxtera Inc., the world leader in silicon photonics, today announced a new agreement to bring Luxtera’s leading-edge IP and knowledge in silicon photonics to a dedicated process to be developed by ST at its 300mm facility in Crolles, France. Production at ST’s Crolles site will enable the two companies to support the market with the world’s most advanced low-cost, high-volume solution for silicon photonics components and systems.

Silicon photonics is regarded as a key enabler of future very high-speed computing and communications applications such as optical networking, CPU interconnect, and data storage, as they scale to multi-terabit(1) connectivity. The technology allows high-speed optical communications devices to be built using well-proven, low-cost silicon manufacturing technology, rather than more expensive compound semiconductor materials containing gallium or indium.

“The powerful synergy of this partnership, derived from the complementary strengths of two technology and industry leaders, represents a tremendous breakthrough. This will bring silicon photonics into the mainstream of important technologies such as optical networking, ultra-fast computer processors and other applications via the commercial volume availability of a best-in-class silicon photonics IP platform,” said Flavio Benetti, general manager of mixed process division at STMicroelectronics.

STMicroelectronics NV (NYSE: STM)

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