September 19, 2006, Ottawa, ON, Canada--Enablence Technologies, a developer of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) products--in particular, planar lightwave circuit (PLC) triplexers and diplexers that are capable of processing optical signals at low cost--has entered into a cooperation agreement with Kotura (Monterey Park, CA) for the development of triplexer chips and a supply agreement with Ignis Photonyx's wafer fab outside Copenhagen, Denmark.
"Enablence is pleased to further our relationship with Kotura," explained Arvind Chhatbar, CEO of Enablence. "We believe that our triplexer chips can be manufactured in volume using standard CMOS processes," explained Chhatbar (see Optoelectronics Report, August 15, 2006, p.3). "Our companies naturally complement each other," remarked Jean-Louis Malinge, Kotura's CEO. "Enablence has significant expertise in designing photonics integrated circuits in glass, while Kotura has significant expertise in designing and manufacturing optical components using standard CMOS processes." Kotura's variable optical attenuators (VOAs) and VOA arrays are monolithic silicon devices with the fastest response time available in the market today.
Enablence also entered into a large volume supply agreement for a minimum of two years with Ignis Photonyx. Under the supply agreement, Ignis Photonyx will fabricate wafers using Enablence's proprietary Dispersion Bridge technology. "Ignis Photonyx is thrilled to have been selected as Enablence Technologies wafer fab," stated Thomas Ramm, the CEO of Ignis. "We see plenty of upside in this supply agreement as FTTH continues to deploy rapidly throughout Asia and the Enablence PLC approach has been well received by the market." Ignis Photonyx has operations in Norway, Denmark, Canada and South Korea, and a strong focus on technology development, high-volume production of fiber optical components, integrated optics, and sales and marketing to the fast-growing communication industry.
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