SiFotonics Intros 2.5-Gbit/s Receiver

SiFotonics announces world's first commercial integrated optical receiver

March 25, 2010

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WOBURN, Mass. -- SiFotonicsTM Technologies Co., Ltd., a leading supplier of optical communications components based on the Silicon Photonics technology platform, announced on Monday March 22, 2010 that the TP1001, an integrated receiver for 2.5Gb/s optical communication applications is available for volume production. The TP1001 receiver consists of a strained Germanium detector monolithically integrated with a trans-impedance amplifier (TIA) fabricated on an 8-inch Silicon wafer. The fabrication was successfully conducted at two of the leading global semiconductor foundries.

“In the past, the industry relied on a two-chip solution to produce an optical receiver: one GaAs or InP based photodetector and one trans-impedance amplifier. At SiFotonicsTM we have overcome numerous technical challenges to integrate these two functions onto a single silicon chip that can be fabricated in commercially available foundries. We are thrilled to announce that our TP1001, an integrated 2.5Gb/s receiver, has passed all functional and reliability tests. To our knowledge, this is the world’s first commercial grade monolithically integrated optical receiver chip using CMOS technology. This exciting development came as a result of implementing many years of cutting edge research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the world’s leading research institutions in the field of Silicon Photonics. We expect to bring a 10Gb/s version to the market using the same technologies and processes in a very short period of time” said Dr. Dong Pan, CEO of SiFotonicsTM.

SiFotonics Technologies Co. Ltd.

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