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Kaiam And Broadex Announce 100G Partnership

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Broadex to manufacture and supply QSFP28 100G transceivers based on Kaiam’s LightScale2 platform in China

Kaiam, a US manufacturer of advanced data centre optical transceivers, and the Chinese optical module firm Broadex have announced a partnership agreement where Broadex would manufacture and supply high-end transceivers into the China market.

The two companies announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for furthering cooperation on volume production of QSFP28 100G-CWDM4 transceivers based on Kaiam’s LightScale2 platform. The LightScale2 architecture is said to have has fundamental advantages in cost and performance and to be ideally suited for high-volume applications.

The agreement allows Broadex to manufacture these units in China and directly address Chinese customers who require local production. This also complements Kaiam’s in-house manufacturing in the UK in Livingston, Scotland, and provides further capacity to address the high volume data centre market.

“We anticipate very strong demand for 100G transceivers based on our LightScale2 technology," said Dietmar Zapf, GM / VP of manufacturing at Kaiam. “In addition to the production lines already running at our Livingston, UK facility, we need to develop and secure further expanded capacity for manufacturing these products in high volume. The MOU signed with Broadex would allow us to leverage Broadex’s manufacturing expertise and infrastructure and expand our capacity in the next 3–6 months to meet high demand."

“We are glad that Kaiam chose to continue working with us for manufacturing its new non-hermetic transceivers for data centre applications," said Yong Ding, VP and CTO of Broadex Technologies. “We have been producing OSA-level components for Kaiam in high volumes for several years now. The LightScale2 platform is optimised to deliver maximum value and performance in the data centre environment at dramatically lower costs. We will work aggressively to quickly ramp to high volumes with high yields."

“Kaiam is eagerly anticipating expansion into the China market with the assistance of our valued partners at Broadex," stated Jeremy Dietz, VP of Global Sales and Marketing at Kaiam. “The two companies will combine on business growth activities in and around China to strengthen Kaiam and Broadex’s market share in optical transceivers for data centres as well as PLCs for 5G rollouts."

The MOU includes details of mutual technology cooperation and manufacturing arrangements on timeline, cost roadmap, local sourcing and China market development.


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