CyOptics acquires Inplane Photonics, expands photonic integrated circuits

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., 11 Nov. 2007. CyOptics Inc., a provider of Indium Phosphide (InP) optical chip and component technologies, has announced the acquisition of Inplane Photonics, a manufacturer of Planar Lightwave Circuits (PLCs) for optical networks in defense and telecommunications applications. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., 11 Nov. 2007. CyOptics Inc., a provider of Indium Phosphide (InP) optical chip and component technologies, has announced the acquisition of Inplane Photonics, a manufacturer of Planar Lightwave Circuits (PLCs) for optical networks in defense and telecommunications applications. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

Inplane's silica-on-silicon PLC technology enables the integration of optical circuits for data transmission, distribution, detection, and conditioning on multifunction silicon chips. This integration allows the miniaturization of components for optical communication networks in a variety of markets, from Telecom to Bio-Photonics and Test & Measurement.

The acquisition expands CyOptics' Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) technology platforms through the combination of monolithic and hybrid integration of InP laser and detector arrays onto PLCs. This integration will reduce dramatically the number of individual components required, thereby increasing the functionality and lowering the cost of the overall solution.

"The addition of Inplane's complementary PLC technology will bring new capabilities to CyOptics' PICs and will allow us to enhance the integration features of our products," says Ed Coringrato, CEO of CyOptics. "The combination of InP and PLC technology will create a unique capability in the market. We will also leverage the PLC technology to further expand Inplane's and CyOptics' existing engagements with the defense industry."

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