Optoscribe (Livingston, Scotland), which supplies glass-based integrated photonic components, has opened a new facility. The new 7400-sq.-ft. building has a class-1000 laser-processing cleanroom and a class-10,000 characterization, test, and assembly cleanroom. The new facility also has ample expansion space to accommodate the company’s growth plans over the next few years.
"The ever-growing demand for bandwidth-intensive data services, together with the proliferation of data-hungry mobile devices and the advent of cloud computing, has meant that optical communication networks are under increasing pressure to expand capacity whilst simultaneously reducing energy usage and cost," says Nick Psaila, Optoscribe's CEO. "This, together with the rapid advance of large data centers as the hub of both vast information storage and big-data computation, has pushed forward the widespread adoption of optical-interconnect technology to stitch together the data center communication fabric. This creates two major challenges that need to be solved: transceiver integration and improving fiber transmission."
Optoscribes’ technology, says Psaila, will enable transceiver suppliers to provide datacenter operators with the optical interfaces they need to meet future data demands.