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OneChip Photonics raises $18m to produce PON transceivers

20 July 2011
 
Integration specialist OneChip Photonics has secured $18m in funding. The investment will be used to move the company from development to production of its monolithically integrated passive optical network (PON) optical transceiver product range.
OneChip will sell PON transceivers to vendors that make optical line terminals (OLTs) and optical network units (ONUs); the likes of Alcatel-Lucent, Fiberhome, Huawei, Motorola and ZTE, says the company. The company is also considering selling its bidirectional optical sub-assembly (BOSA) to certain equipment makers that design their own line card PON interfaces.
 
The company has been supplying PON transceiver samples to potential customers since January 2011 and expects to start production in the first quarter of 2012.

OneChip will target the EPON ONU transceiver market and follow with a GPON ONU design. It will also supply Ethernet point-to-point transceivers.
The company admits it has taken longer to develop its indium-phosphide-based monolithic chip than first planned. One challenge has been packaging. “Because of our integrated approach and non-alignment assembly technique, there have been a few more technology problems that we have had to solve,” said Andy Weirich, vice-president product line management at OneChip.
 
According to Weirich, the continual decline in EPON transceiver prices has slowed down. “Although it is slightly more difficult for us to compete in the EPON market, it is not quite as difficult as you might have anticipated given the track record [of price reduction] two years ago,” he said. “And the positive side is that the volumes have gone up.”
 
The company believes its monolithic approach will give it an advantage over its PON transceiver competitors that use hybrid integration or a discrete design. “We are expecting to sell at a 20% price differential,” said Weirich.

OneChip has 70 staff and is headquartered in Ottawa. The company also has a regional office in Shenzhen, China. The latest investment round follows $12.3m raised in September 2010. In total the company has raised over $60m in funding.
 
By Roy Rubenstein