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Source Photonics Expands 100G QSFP28 LR4 Transceiver Capacity to Ten Thousand Units Per Month

Source Photonics' Industry-first 100G QSFP28 transceiver (Photo: Business Wire) Multimedia Gallery URL

WEST HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Source Photonics, a leading provider of optical transceivers for data center and broadband access connectivity, reached an operational milestone in December 2016 expanding to greater than ten thousand units per month capacity for 100G QSFP28 LR4 transceivers.

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Source Photonics began shipping the 100G QSFP28 LR4 in 2015 after completion of a targeted sampling and qualification program. Subsequent investments of over $30 million in both captive indium-phosphide (InP) chip fab expansion and a captive optical subassembly (OSA) facility with high precision die attach and alignment capabilities have allowed the company to ramp monthly capacity from one thousand modules to over ten thousand modules in just 12 months.

Leveraging its operationally integrated business model and state-of-the-art LEAN manufacturing facilities for both InP chip and Advanced OSA production, Source Photonics is uniquely positioned to ramp production capacity and meet the rapidly growing connectivity needs of cloud scale data center operators. This expansion extends Source Photonics premier market position that is reflected in its share growth and financial performance. The company will grow capacity to exceed twenty thousand 100G QSFP28 modules per month based on committed investments in 2017. "The market for 100G QSFP28 optical modules has grown rapidly, largely driven by the shift to cloud services,” said Simon Stanley, Analyst at Large, Heavy Reading and Founder and Principal Consultant, Earlswood Marketing. “The market is becoming supply limited and the capacity expansion at Source Photonics will make a significant contribution to meeting the market demand."

The expansion of Source Photonics’ 100G production line follows the accomplished ramp of its 40G QSFP+ LR4 single mode platform to support the growing demand for 40Gb connectivity in both North American and Asian cloud data center markets. While North American demand is shifting rapidly from 10G and 40G to 100G, cloud operators and service providers in Asia are leveraging the realized economies of scale at 40Gb/s and driving increased demand of 40G transceivers. Source Photonics is well positioned to grow its share of the market by exploiting a captive InP laser chip fab and shared OSA manufacturing assets with the 100G line to expand its 40G production capability.

Source will exhibit its full portfolio of 100G products and will demonstrate its next generation technologies from its broadening portfolio of higher speed products at OFC from March 21-23, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, booth number 3011. For further information or to schedule an informational session, please visit our website at www.sourcephotonics.com.

About Source Photonics

Source Photonics is a leading provider of innovative and reliable optical communications technology that enables communications and connectivity in data centers, metro, and access networks. We invent next-generation solutions to provide customers with enabling technologies to support the rapidly increasing demands of cloud infrastructure, wireless communications, routing, and fiber-to-the-premises worldwide. Source Photonics is headquartered in West Hills, California, with manufacturing facilities, R&D, and sales offices worldwide.

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