POET and Sanan IC to Form Joint Venture to Develop High-Performance Optical Engines

Posted Jul 09, 2020 by

POET Technologies Inc, the designer and developer of the POET Optical Interposer and Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) has signed a Letter of Intent to establish a joint venture with Xiamen Sanan Integrated Circuit Co. Ltd. (Sanan IC) to manufacture cost-effective, high-performance optical engines based on POET’s proprietary CMOS compatible Optical Interposer platform technology.

The proposed joint venture will be formed with contributions of US$50 million based on a combined commitment of cash and intellectual property from Sanan IC and intellectual property and know-how from POET. Sanan IC is a world-class wafer foundry service company with an advanced compound semiconductor technology platform, serving the optical, RF microelectronics and power electronics markets.

Sanan IC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sanan Optoelectronics Co, Ltd., the leading manufacturer of advanced ultra-high brightness LED epitaxial wafers and chips in the world. The JV is expected to design, develop, manufacture and sell 100G, 200G and 400G optical engines with customized lasers and photodiodes from Sanan IC combined with optical interposer platform technology from POET. Based on know-how from both companies, such optical engines are engineered for high yield and large-scale to meet the burgeoning market for high-speed data communications applications, including internet data centers and 5G carrier networks.

The proposed joint venture will offer a new generation of cost-effective, high-performance optical engines based on POET’s Optical Interposer to module manufacturers, systems suppliers, data center operators and network providers globally.

As according to Dr. Suresh Venkatesan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of POET Technologies, Inc, combining the advanced wafer foundry manufacturing platform capabilities of Sanan IC with the true wafer-scale and hybrid integration approach of the POET Optical Interposer platform, POET will be able to offer transceiver manufacturers the ability to span several generations of devices and unlimited scale for high-volume applications at a highly economical price.

Also commenting on the partnership, Raymond Cai, Chief Executive Officer of Sanan IC, said that the joint venture has the potential to have a breakthrough on technological innovation as well as product competitiveness. Sanan IC will employ its flexibility and experience in customized lasers and photo diodes with its advanced foundry manufacturing platform capability and extensive capacity with POET’s Optical Interposer platform to enable the joint venture company to offer the market the highest performance optical engines at a competitive price.

The global market for optical transceivers is estimated to be US$5.7 billion in 2020 and projected to reach a value of US$9.2 billion by 2025, representing a CAGR of 10.0%, according to MarketsandMarkets Research Private Ltd.