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Luxtera, STMicroelectronics Join Forces

Photonics Spectra
Jun 2012
STMicroelectronics of Geneva has announced an agreement with Luxtera Inc. to produce silicon complementary metal oxide (CMOS) products using the latter’s intellectual property and knowledge. The products will be developed at ST’s 300-mm semiconductor wafer facility in Crolles, France. The collaboration enables the companies to produce low-cost, high-volume solutions for silicon photonics components and systems, which could have applications in high-speed computing and communications. It also grants STMicroelectronics the right to use Luxtera’s silicon photonics technology, which will be implemented in the new ST photonics process. ST will provide the Carlsbad, Calif.-based Luxtera with a suitable supply chain.

In other news, Luxtera announced that it has closed a $21.7 million C round of growth capital financing to support design win opportunities and market adoption of silicon CMOS photonics. Participation in the C round includes inside investment for New Enterprise Associates, August Capital, Sevin Rosen Funds and Lux Capital as well as new investment from Tokyo Electron and personal investment from an industry titan, the company said.


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Systeme Internationale d'Unites, the international metric system of units.
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