14 September 2021
POET ships first optical engine samples to customers
POET Technologies Inc of Toronto, Ontario, Canada — a designer and developer of the POET Optical Interposer and photonic integrated circuits (PICs) for the data-center and telecom markets — has shipped its first 100G transmit (Tx) optical engine sample to a leading European optical systems company. Additional samples will also be delivered to several other interested companies over the next month. Several prospective customers are expected to participate in POET’s demonstrations of its Optical Interposer-based optical engine solutions concurrent with the 23rd China International Optoelectronics Exhibition (CIOE 2021) in Shenzhen (16–18 September).
The sample delivered to a leading European optical systems company supports a combined transmit and receive optical engine product, which has been developed for a 400G transceiver application. The Alpha samples are said to demonstrate excellent margin to the transmit link budget at operating temperatures with excellent optical-eye margins. Internal testing shows that only minor improvements are required for a Beta release that would meet all of the requirements for production. These changes have already been incorporated in the Beta designs, which have just been released to the mask shop for production.
“In spite of 20 years of trying, no other company has been successful in developing a versatile hybrid integration platform,” reckons chairman & CEO Dr Suresh Venkatesan. “A number of customers and business partners will be taking delivery of samples now and in the coming months – as they gain a full understanding of the simplicity and versatility of the POET Optical Interposer platform, we believe it has the potential to become a new standard for packaging in the photonics industry. The shipment of samples constitutes a completion of over three years of technology and product development culminating in placing market-viable products in customers hands.”
The firm reported earlier that it will be demonstrating a 400G transmit engine with a silicon photonics-based modulator from Shanghai-based Silux Technologies Co Ltd (SiluxTek), a 100G CWDM transmitter, a 200G CWDM receiver and other novel remote light source designs during CIOE and the concurrent ICCSZ conference (14–15 September) in Shenzhen.