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POET Technologies partners with Yuanjie Semiconductor Technology

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POET Technologies, the designer and developer of the POET Optical Interposer and Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) for the data centre, telecommunication and artificial intelligence markets, has announced that it is collaborating with Yuanjie Semiconductor Technology (YST), a supplier of high-performance lasers. The company says that this partnership will enable POET’s joint venture, Super Photonics Xiamen (SPX), to ramp optical engines to high-volume production utilising YST’s lasers.

“As we start ramping production of our optical engines, securing an additional reliable laser source that is well established in the industry with known good quality is of utmost importance to our business,” said Dr. Suresh Venkatesan, Chairman & CEO of POET. “Our partnership with YST has enabled POET and SPX to deliver reliable, high-performance optical engines to customers. SPX will start production of 100G CWDM4, POET ONEÔ (a 100G single chip TxRx engine), 100G LR4 and 200G FR4 optical engines using YST’s directly modulated lasers (DMLs) this month and we expect to extend the collaboration to other products in the future.”

“We are excited to collaborate with POET to support a growing customer demand for 100G and 200G optical engine products,” said Peter Zhang, CEO and Chairman of the Board at YST. “Our superior quality lasers and reputation for reliability will complement POET’s Optical Interposer technology, which offers a unique and highly adaptable platform to module makers. We will continue to collaborate with POET on high-speed optical engines while supporting SPX to ramp current products to high volume production.”

POET, SPX and YST will initially collaborate on 100G CWDM4, POET ONE, 100G LR4 and 200G FR4 transmitter products. POET added that the design verifications and reliability testing of the optical engines is complete and that current module customers for these products include ADVA, Beijing FeiYunYi (BFYY) and Fibertop.

Expanding production capacity

This news comes after POET announced that SPX is expanding production capacity to support anticipated customer demand for 2024 and beyond.

“SPX has received purchase orders from customers, and we are excited about the strong demand for the POET engines in 2024 and beyond,” said Xiaozhong Zheng, CEO of SPX. “Our team has placed orders for additional precision die bonders, testers and additional equipment that will expand production capacity to fulfil the customer orders on hand and expected in the near future. Our team is working to improve production efficiencies that will expand capacity well beyond what the equipment itself will provide.”

Compared to modules built with conventional chip-on-board and silicon photonics-based components, POET says its optical engines are highly differentiated, hybrid-integrated products. The company also adds that its wafer-scale assembly process and passive alignment techniques result in chip-scale optical engines that offer superior performance and lower assembly cost for makers of pluggable transceivers.

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