Rockley, Hengtong Collaborate On Silicon Optical Transceivers


Silicon photonics network developer Rockley Photonics and fibre optic communications developer Hengtong Optic-Electric Co. Ltd. have
formed a joint venture to manufacture high-performance optical transceiver
modules based on silicon photonics technology.

The joint venture was established through a (USD) $42
million co-investment led by Hengtong Optic-Electric to commercialize Rockley
Photonics' advanced photonics technology for networking applications. The
venture will manufacture and sell silicon photonics optical modules to meet
demands from the burgeoning market for high-speed data communication including
carrier networks, internet data centers, high-performance computing and deep
learning applications.

The new products will employ Rockley Photonics' innovations
for high-density optical integration with innovative monolithic fiber attach
technologies and an all-CMOS electrical chipset to offer a new generation of
photonic optical transceiver modules delivering lower power and high
manufacturing efficiencies.

"Demand for high-speed optical interconnect is increasing at
an unprecedented rate, and technology providers must demonstrate capacity to
deliver solutions at high-volume scale," said Andrew Rickman, CEO of Rockley
Photonics. "Hengtong Optic-Electric is a recognized manufacturing leader for
fiber optic technologies, and we are excited to partner with them in delivering
our next-generation solutions."

"Silicon photonic technology is reshaping the economic
structure of the optical module market," said Weiming Shi, Hengtong
Optic-Electric and general manager of Jiangsu Hengtong Optical Network
Technology Co. Ltd. "The joint venture will employ Hengtong's advanced R&D
of optical module and intelligent manufacturing technology, along with
Rockley's worldwide first-class silicon photonic technology platform. We are
pleased to work together with Rockley to deploy these technologies, and the
combination of our companies with help satisfy the worldwide demand for
low-power, cost-effective optical modules."

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