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June 27, 2012

GigOptix Licenses IBM's Silicon Germanium Millimeterwave Transceiver Technology

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor

GigOptix, Inc. has signed a license agreement with IBM (News - Alert) to integrate IBM’s silicon germanium (SiGe) millimeterwave transceiver technology with GigOptix’s E-band wireless solutions portfolio, featuring its new advanced E-band power amplifier.

“We are very excited about the opportunities that IBM’s SiGe millimeterwave technology enables,” said Andrea Betti-Berutto, SVP and chief technology officer at GigOptix. “SiGe enables much lower power, smaller size and much higher levels of integration to the current gallium arsenide (GaAs) solutions in the market.”

GigOptix is a fabless supplier of semiconductor and optical components that allow high-speed information streaming and Internet traffic from mobile devices to exceed traffic from wired devices. By 2016, according to officials, there will be a definite need for upgrading optical networks.

The use of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets has increased manifold, witnessing greater growth with the launch of cloud enabled services. Hence, network operators have to upgrade their optical networks to 40Gbps and 100Gbps links, aside from upgrading their wireless networks to higher capacity gigabit and multi-gigabit links.

IBM’s Haifa Research Lab in Israel was instrumental in developing IBM’s SiGe technology. This will offer a scalable and highly integrated silicon germanium RF platform for GigOptix, with which the company expects to enhance its technology and integrated E-band transceiver products.

“Coupling IBM’s SiGe with GigOptix’s millimeterwave packaging and high power GaAs amplifiers will enable the high spectral efficiencies and data rates being demanded by network operators on their wireless mobile backhaul networks,” added Betti-Berutto. “We feel that GigOptix is uniquely positioned in the data communication market offering a complete bundled solution for both high speed optical networks and now high speed wireless E-band links.”

GigOptix supplies semiconductor and optical components that enable high speed information streaming as required in communications, industrial, defense and avionics industries. The company’s Drivers, TIAs and TFPSTM optical modulators for 40G, 100G and 400G fiber-optic telecommunications and data-communications networks, and MMIC solutions enable wireless microwave systems up to 90GHz.

Related company news reports that GigOptix’s high-speed optical driver and receiver HXR/T4104 chipset is being used by a leading consumer electronics manufacturer in its high-speed data interconnect module used for high-definition (HD) TV and next-generation HD information transfer. The devices enable much higher data transfer rates over longer distances and at lower costs compared with competing technologies.

To find out more about IBM visit the company at ITEXPO West 2012. To be held Oct. 2-5 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX, ITEXPO (News - Alert) is the world’s premier IP communications event. Visit IBM in booth # 1324. For more information on ITEXPO West 2012, click here.

Edited by Braden Becker

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