Xponent Photonics, the leading technology innovator of FTTx optical components, announced today that it has begun producing production volumes of Silicon Planar Lightwave Circuits (PLCs) at Innovative Micro Technology (IMT).
IMT will produce the entire palette of PLCs, microfilters and support chips at its state-of-the-art MEMs fabrication facilities in Santa Barbara, CA.
“This announcement is the culmination of nearly a year's worth of effort to put Xponent's Surface Mount Photonic platform into a merchant silicon foundry.” said Jeffrey S. Rittichier, Xponent President and CEO. “IMT is one of the leading producers of MEMs Silicon and is ideally suited to manufacturing our product and for handling our anticipated large production volumes. The move to 6” wafers will significantly increase our capacity, reduce our fixed costs and allow us to extend our leadership position in PLC-based optical components.
“We are thrilled to have Xponent as a customer,” remarked John Foster, President and CEO of IMT. “Xponent's leading edge PLC technology is a perfect fit for our capabilities, and they require a manufacturing partner with IMT's skill set and fab capacity to support their growth. We are looking forward to working with Xponent to supply the telecom industry. ”