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Princeton Lightwave turns to fabless model

Posted: 26 Aug 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:princeton lightwave? trumpf? raman? edfa pump laser? tunable ic?

Princeton Lightwave Inc. will sell its entire component manufacturing assets to Trumpf Inc., a German developer of high-power industrial lasers and shift to a fabless approach to optical component and system development, the company said Wednesday (Aug. 21).

A spin-off from Sarnoff Corp., Princeton Lightwave has been developing Raman and EDFA pump lasers, distributed feedback lasers and tunable ICs. At the same time, the startup focused on packaging these lasers into modules for optical networking equipment designs.

But, with market conditions in the telecom sector at an all-time low, the demand for products like Raman amps has dropped swiftly, forcing Princeton to find ways to cut capital expenditures. "Operating without a fab permits Princeton Lightwave to diversify and invest in R&D of new technologies and will enable us to more effectively work with our telecommunications partners during the market recovery," said Didier Le Lannic, Princeton Lightwave's president and CEO.

Under terms of the acquisition agreement, Trumpf acquired Princeton Lightwave's component manufacturing assets and will continue to make optoelectronics components for the U.S. company. In return, Princeton Lightwave will retain its optoelectronics device design, characterization, reliability testing, fiber-optic packaging, and application support facilities. Princeton Lightwave will also provide research engineering support services to Trumpf.

- Robert Keenan

EE Times





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