GigOptix, – a leading provider of high-performance semiconductor products (electronic/electro-optic) for high speed telecom and data networks, reported securing a $200k R&D grant to customize their 40Gb/s Thin Film Polymer on Silicon (TFPS™) Mach Zehnder (MZ) modulator, the LX8400, for use in current Government Supercomputing programs today, Monday, August 02.

With a truly wide ranging suite of devices covering serial and parallel communication technologies from1G to 100G, GGOX is an established provider in the telecom, datacom and datacenter markets, and also offers a powerful selection of mixed-signal and RF ASIC solutions.

The proprietary TFPS MZ series of modulators bear a number of striking characteristics which set them apart from competitors: the polymers are synthesized at the molecular level and offer optimal electro-optical functionality; and the huge bandwidth (up to 65GHz) at low voltage yields a very high rate of data transmission while remaining extremely energy efficient.

Successful completion of a previous program by GGOX, demonstrating a 40Gb/s modulator operating at amazingly low temperatures (40°K/-233°C), led to this grant, which will be primarily used to enhance and optimize low-temp functionality of the design for next-gen petaflop-class supercomputing applications to bridge ultra low-temp processors and large-scale memory at standard temps.

VP and GM of GGOX, Dr. Raluca Dinu, conveyed the enthusiasm of the Company in continuing this program to refine the TFPS modulators for low-temp supercomputing applications, and noted that GGOX has recently identified “specific design and process improvements” to that effect.

Dinu highlighted the fact that the very participation in the program by GGOX was a clear indicator that TFPS modulators are of profound value, not only in long-reach telecom applications, but also in short-reach supercomputer and datacenter applications.

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