TeraXion and the National Research Council’s Canadian Photonic Fabrication Center announce a strategic partnership

September 12, 2013— Quebec, Quebec

TeraXion Inc., a leader in the design and manufacturing of optical components and modules, and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) announce today a strategic partnership which will lead to the development and fabrication of TeraXion’s new modulator products family and covers its next-generation Indium Phosphide high-speed modulators for coherent transmission systems at 100 Gb/s and beyond. Work will take place at NRC’s Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre in Ottawa.

“Today's announcement is another important milestone supporting our strategy for rapidly delivering state-of-the-art high-speed modulators to our customers,” said Alain-Jacques Simard, President and CEO of TeraXion Inc. “The Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre’s proven track record for bringing products to a commercialization level has been a key factor in our decision to rely on this partner”.

“We are proud of this partnership with TeraXion and believe that combining our world-class process capabilities along with TeraXion’s design expertise will deliver results in the marketplace,” said François Cordeau, General Manager of the Information and Communications Technologies portfolio at the National Research Council of Canada.

“The new modulator concept will use a proprietary design to achieve world record low power consumption as well as reaching very high modulation speeds necessary for 100 Gb/s and above transmission,” said Ian Woods, Vice-President InP Platform at TeraXion Inc. “In addition, the form factor of this modulator will be ten times smaller than the competing technologies available today.”

TeraXion’s team has previously demonstrated qualified products and so have a strong pedigree and credibility when it comes to modulator product development. Among the catalysts for this TeraXion-NRC partnership are the close geographical location of both partners and the strong photonic eco-system present in the Ottawa region which will contribute to forging a strong and highly effective partnership.

TeraXion designs, manufactures and markets state-of-the-art optical components and modules for high-speed fiber-optic transmission networks, fiber lasers and optical sensing applications. The Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre provides world-class engineering and manufacturing services, commercial grade prototyping and pilot-run production facilities for III-V semiconductors.

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Nathalie Rheaume
TeraXion Inc.
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Email: nrheaume@teraxion.com

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