III-V optoelectronic foundry Compound Semiconductor Technologies Global Ltd (CST Global, a subsidiary of Sweden-based Sivers IMA Holding AB) of Hamilton International Technology Park, Blantyre, near Glasgow, Scotland, UK says that its silicon photonic laser production has increased by 500% year on year.
“CST Global supplies lasers for use in silicon waveguides. These are an integrated, optic and electronic, microchip-based components and are used to increase the optical signal processing capability, and therefore the data rate capacity, of existing fiber-optic networks,” says Euan Livingston, VP sales & marketing. “The silicon waveguide technology enables the data transfer rate to increase by 10 times and represents a highly cost-effective method of upgrading existing, fiber-optic network infrastructures,” he adds.
CST Global’s silicon photonic lasers operate in the infrared, 1.3µm and 1.55µm wavelength used by most fiber-optic systems.
“The silicon photonic lasers that CST Global makes are most commonly used for data-center and metropolitan area network upgrades,” Livingston continues. “A 500% increase in dedicated device production clearly shows that the silicon photonic-enabled network upgrade market is firmly established and rapidly deploying.”