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POET Completes Optical Interposer Project

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Enables the fabrication, assembly and testing of integrated optical engines at wafer-scale

POET Technologies has announced the completion its a proof of concept project for its Optical Interposer platform with an existing North American-based networking customer.

POET received orders in 2018 from this customer to provide initial device prototypes of its Optical Interposer platform to systematically address specific integration requirements under a paid development program.

At its AGM in September, the company disclosed that it had successfully completed all but one of an eight-step project and that it expected to complete the final milestone by the end of 2019. POET recently completed this final deliverable and is now engaged in follow-on discussions aimed at products to be designed, qualified and incorporated into the customer's product portfolio.

“The low loss coupling of light from a laser into our waveguides (which are additionally configurable as Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing (CWDM) multiplexers or de-multiplexers) through passive wafer scale placement techniques and then into fibre demonstrates the complete functionality of the Optical Interposer platform technology, "commented Suresh Venkatesan,chairman & CEO.

"Moreover, we believe our wafer scale integrated athermal CWDM filters represent an industry first. With optical losses at a fraction of that of other materials, our waveguides and filters enable the fabrication, assembly and testing of integrated optical engines at wafer-scale, providing maximum flexibility across a broad range of applications, from datacom to co-packaged optics.”

The company has also announced the appointments of James Lee as VP general manager of POET Technologies, Pte. Ltd., the company's recently opened Singapore-based subsidiary, and Edward Cornejo, VP of technical marketing.

Lee came to POET from Imec in Belgium, where he was VP of logic technology. Previously, he held increasingly responsible positions over a 19-year career with GlobalFoundries. Cornejo has over 30 years of experience in the optical components industry in senior marketing and engineering roles at Lucent, OpNext (now Lumentum), and Macom.

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