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Luxtera Ships One-Millionth Silicon CMOS Photonics Enabled 10Gbit Channel

Date Announced: 21 Feb 2012

Milestone signifies the emergence of Silicon Photonics as the next-generation interconnect with 10 Petabits of transceiver bandwidth shipped, says Californian firm.

Luxtera, the worldwide leader in Silicon CMOS Photonics, today announces that it has shipped its one-millionth 10Gbit channel. This important milestone validates the growing demand for Silicon Photonics in today’s mission critical data centers and computer clusters as well as reinforces Luxtera’s ability to meet high performance computing (HPC) needs on a larger scale. The announcement further signifies the emergence of Silicon Photonics as the next generation interconnect with 10 Petabits of transceiver bandwidth shipped.

Luxtera is the leading IP provider and supplier of Silicon CMOS Photonics and is the only known provider of Silicon Photonics shipping in significant commercial volume. The technology continues to be a driving force that supports growing bandwidth demands of equipment in HPC, next generation datacenters and cloud computing. Silicon Photonics offers a reliable, low cost yet high performance solution as opposed to traditional technologies such as vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs).

Recognizing its benefits, Silicon Photonics continues to be the focus of many research labs and universities, most notably IBM and Intel. The technology has made news recently as the enabling building block in the race for building computers at an exascale (1018 byte) level.

“The announcement today is an important milestone for the optical industry, Silicon CMOS Photonics can no longer be characterized as the technology of the future, it appears it is ready to be front and center as the technology of today,” said Brad Smith, vice president and industry analyst at LightCounting.com, a firm that specializes in high-speed interconnect market research. “The number of channels shipped is impressive, but even more impressive is that this milestone was achieved in a market that is cost sensitive and the competing solution was often a VCSEL-based cable.”

“Today’s announcement of shipping 10 Petabits of Silicon CMOS Photonics links is the culmination of a vision that the founders and investors of Luxtera dreamed of almost eleven years ago,” said Chris Bergey, vice president of marketing at Luxtera. “Fortunately, this milestone is only the tipping point of what we see ahead in the opportunities for Silicon Photonics and Luxtera. We plan to leverage our significant Silicon Photonics IP portfolio and expertise into a much larger scale going forward.”

Source: Luxtera

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