Silicon photonics: IME and Fujikura partner on next-gen silicon optical modulators

Sept. 30, 2010
Singapore--IME and Fujikura announced a collaboration agreement to develop silicon optical modulators for future optical communication networks.

Singapore--The Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a research institute under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore, and Fujikura Limited in Japan, announced a research collaboration agreement to jointly develop next-generation silicon optical modulators for future optical communication networks. The silicon photonics partnership aims to commercialize and launch the new silicon optical device for the emerging optical communications market in Japan.

Under the agreement, Fujikura will tap into IME's design expertise and established silicon-based process infrastructure to build an integrated optical device with high aggregate data rate. Fujikura is a leading manufacturer of world-class optical fiber communication cables, with involvement in the development of optical components and instruments, electronic and automotive components, as well as in other new technologies.

"We envision our strategic partnership to accelerate our vision of a low-cost and high-yield ‘plug-and-play’ solution to connect multiple devices to PCs with fibre optic lines. IME's proximity to the other supply chain providers in Singapore is also an added incentive to the collaboration," said Takamasa Kato, executive VP of Fujikura Limited.

Kato added, "IME is one of the few organisations in the world to offer advanced CMOS research facilities and silicon photonics prototyping service on a cost-sharing platform. The application of silicon-on-insulator wafers and fully CMOS-compatible processes in IME's solutions will offset the costly equipment investments commonly associated with technology transition."

Professor Dim-Lee Kwong, executive director of IME, said, "We are excited to participate in Fujikura’s mission to bring optical technology to the masses. The optical components market is an untapped one and demand for these components is expected to grow exponentially, driven by consumers' demand for faster data communications."


Posted by:Gail Overton

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