Market for silicon photonics drives agreement between Luxtera and STMicroelectronics

March 2, 2012

Carsbad, CA--Hope for manufacturing synergy in silicon photonics has sparked an alliance with STMicroelectronics that will bring Luxtera's IP and knowledge in silicon photonics to a dedicated process to be developed by ST at its 300-mm facility in Crolles, France.

Carsbad, CA--Hope for manufacturing synergy in silicon photonics has sparked an alliance with STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) that will bring Luxtera's IP and knowledge in silicon photonics to a dedicated manufacturing process to be developed by ST at its 300-mm facility in Crolles, France. The goal is to support the market with a low-cost, high-volume solution for silicon photonics components and systems.

With this collaboration ST has been granted the rights to use the Luxtera's silicon photonics technology that will be implemented in the new ST photonics process and its future generations. ST will provide Luxtera with a reliable, scalable, and cost-effective supply chain, allowing Luxtera to satisfy its growing market in terms of volume and quality requirements.

The optimized silicon photonics process will be developed at ST's Crolles technology center, where ST's other major CMOS R&D programs, including the value-added derivative high-performance analog BiCMOS technologies, are running.

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Conard Holton has 25 years of science and technology editing and writing experience. He was formerly a staff member and consultant for government agencies such as the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the International Atomic Energy Agency, and engineering companies such as Bechtel. He joined Laser Focus World in 1997 as senior editor, becoming editor in chief of WDM Solutions, which he founded in 1999. In 2003 he joined Vision Systems Design as editor in chief, while continuing as contributing editor at Laser Focus World. Conard became editor in chief of Laser Focus World in August 2011, a role in which he served through August 2018. He then served as Editor at Large for Laser Focus World and Co-Chair of the Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar from August 2018 through January 2022. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, with additional studies at the Colorado School of Mines and Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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