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Former Bookham Director Named BeamExpress Chairman

Photonics.com
Jul 2011
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 5, 2011 — Peter Bordui, former chairman of Bookham (now Oclaro) and a veteran of the fiber optics telco industry, has joined the board of directors at BeamExpress SA as its chairman, the company announced.

BeamExpress also has completed a $3 million funding round led by Polytech Ventures along with existing investor i-Source Gestion.

“There is an important and growing need for telco laser sources that offer lower power consumption and lower heat generation, particularly in market segments like 40 Gb/s optical links and point-to-point FTTH,” said i-Source Gestion venture capital firm partner Nicolas Landrin. “We believe that the VCSEL [vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser] technology of BeamExpress will provide a commercially viable solution to avoid the problems inherent in conventional edge-emitting lasers.”

Privately held BeamExpress, in cooperation with EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne), develops advanced long-wavelength VCSELs for high-speed optical communications applications.

For more information, visit: www.beamexpress.com 



GLOSSARY
optical communications
The transmission and reception of information by optical devices and sensors.
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