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JDS Uniphase sells microlasers to Teem Photonics

Posted: 23 Aug 2005     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:passive q-switched microlaser 

Continuing to restructure, JDS Uniphase Corp. has agreed to sell its passive Q-switched microlaser product line and Grenoble, France, plant to Teem Photonics S.A., also in Grenoble.

Under the agreement, JDS Uniphase will also license Teem intellectual property associated with passive Q-switched microlasers, and supply components critical to the manufacture of the microlasers.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The microlaser product line is differentiated by its sub-nanosecond pulse widths with peak powers in the tens of kilowatts and repetition rates in the tens of kilohertz, and its use of monolithic technology and distinctive IP.

The companies agreed that current customers would be best served by a local owner capable of providing the Grenoble-based group more market focus, greater management attention, and improved targeting of investments.

"We are located virtually next door to the Grenoble microlaser group of JDS Uniphase," said Antoine Kevorkian, chief executive of Teem Photonics, in a statement. "Our track record in selling optical modules that require advanced performance, high reliability and cost-effectiveness will enable us to serve current microlaser customers well and expand this activity."

For JDS Uniphase, the sale is the latest move by the broadband product supplier to reposition its product line for higher profitability. The company announced Aug. 18 that it would delay reporting its fiscal quarter earnings because of a high number of one-time transactions.

- Spencer Chin

EE Times

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