Production of CST Global’s silicon photonic lasers up by 500%

Created August 21, 2017
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CST Global, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sivers IMA Holdings AB and the UK’s leading, independent, III-V opto-electronic, semiconductor foundry has confirmed its silicon photonic laser production has increased by a significant 500% year on year.

Euan Livingston, VP Sales and Marketing at CST Global commented, “CST Global supplies lasers for use in silicon waveguides. These are an integrated, optic and electronic, microchip-based component and are used to increase the optical signal processing capability, and therefore the data rate capacity, of existing fibre optic networks.

10x data rate improvement
The silicon waveguide technology enables the data transfer rate to increase by 10 times and represents a highly cost-effective method of upgrading existing, fibre optic network infrastructures.

Livingston added, “The silicon photonic lasers that CST Global makes are most commonly used for data centre and metropolitan area network upgrades. A 500% increase in dedicated device production clearly shows that the silicon photonic-enabled, network upgrade market is firmly established and rapidly deploying.”

CST Global, Silicon Photonic lasers operate in the infrared, 1.3 and 1.55µm wavelength ranges used by most fibre optic systems designed for communications applications.

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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.