Molex and Elenion partner on silicon photonic interconnects

April 6, 2018
The strategic investment and collaboration will jointly develop, manufacture, and promote silicon photonic-based solutions.

Molex Ventures (Lisle, IL) announced a strategic investment and collaboration between the Molex Optical Solutions Group (OSG) and Elenion Technologies (New York, NY), a semiconductor company driving innovation around silicon photonics technology, to jointly develop, manufacture, and promote silicon photonic-based product solutions. Leveraging CMOS and high-volume manufacturing processes, the companies will collaborate to develop advanced interconnect solutions that scale to 400 Gbps and beyond.

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"High-speed silicon photonic-based technologies represent a cost-disruptive solution to bandwidth scalability needs in hyperscale data centers in the high-growth optoelectronics sector," said Lily Yeung, vice president, Molex Ventures. "This investment and collaboration combines Elenion's key strength in advanced silicon photonics core technology, with Molex core capabilities in complex product integration, efficient manufacturing, and global sales and marketing, and provides the most advanced and compelling product solutions to our customers."

"Collaborating with Molex will significantly accelerate production and deployments of our silicon photonic technology serving global customers that demand an ever-increasing pace of innovation for high-speed optical communication solutions," said Larry Schwerin, CEO, Elenion Technologies. "We now have a great alliance to fulfill our vision to be an industry leader in driving silicon photonics for a broad range of applications in high bandwidth data networks."

Built around multi-disciplinary experts in silicon photonics, lasers, electronics, and advanced packaging, Elenion designs System on Chip solutions for a broad range of high-bandwidth communication and networking applications.

Molex Ventures, a subsidiary of Molex Electronic Technologies, proactively identifies companies, startups, and technologies aligned with emerging and expanding markets for Molex product solutions. The group oversees the company's venture and early stage investment pipeline and processes. By directing industry and compliance expertise, global design and manufacturing capabilities, equity investments, venture capital, and licensing rights, Molex Ventures helps to bring early stage technologies from concept to commercialization to market expansion.

SOURCE: Molex; https://www.molex.com/molex/news/display_news.jsp?channel=New&channelId=-8&oid=2340&pageTitle=Molex+Ventures+Announces+Strategic+Investment+to+Accelerate+Innovation+in+Silicon+Photonics

About the Author

Gail Overton | Senior Editor (2004-2020)

Gail has more than 30 years of engineering, marketing, product management, and editorial experience in the photonics and optical communications industry. Before joining the staff at Laser Focus World in 2004, she held many product management and product marketing roles in the fiber-optics industry, most notably at Hughes (El Segundo, CA), GTE Labs (Waltham, MA), Corning (Corning, NY), Photon Kinetics (Beaverton, OR), and Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA). During her marketing career, Gail published articles in WDM Solutions and Sensors magazine and traveled internationally to conduct product and sales training. Gail received her BS degree in physics, with an emphasis in optics, from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA in May 1986.

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