Systems vendor Huawei has acquired Caliopa, a four-year-old silicon photonics start-up that spun out of the photonics research group at Ghent University and Imec in Belgium.
Caliopa is developing optical transceivers based on silicon photonics that can be manufactured using standard microelectronic CMOS manufacturing processes. Using silicon photonics enables transceivers that are more compact and only consume half the power of devices available on the market today, the start-up says.
The start-up is targeting telecoms and datacoms markets, but has yet to release any products.
Huawei says the acquisition is part of its strategy to enhance its European research and development capabilities, in particular in the silicon photonics-based optical space. The Chinese vendor plans to integrate Caliopa into its existing R&D centre in Belgium.
Huawei seems particularly interested in photonic integration technologies. Last year, the Chinese vendor bought the UK’s Centre for Integrated Photonics (CIP), which had developed a silica-based hybrid photonic integration platform dubbed HyBoard.
The deal, which was completed on 6 August 2013, will give Huawei full ownership of Caliopa.
By Pauline Rigby
Press release: Huawei completes acquisition of Caliopa