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In brief: Syntune, Emcore, Bookham, Aixtron, Sanyo

Syntune picks up $7.1 million from investors; Emcore plans to fold three design centers into its main sites; Bookham makes 100,000 InP Mach-Zehnder modulators; and Sanyo starts up a new Aixtron reactor.

Syntune gains cash injection for production
Syntune has closed a $7.1 million funding round intended to ramp production of its range of lasers, which its says includes the world's smallest tunable laser package.

The money will be used to finance the Stockholm-based company's outsourced manufacturing strategy, which employs external partners such as CyOptics to realize its designs.

The company's capital injection came courtesy of InnovationsKapital, Teknoinvest and Vision Capital.

Emcore consolidates fiber-optic design centers
Emcore's engineering centers in Virginia, Illinois and Northern California will all be closed by this month, as they are rapidly incorporated into its main operating sites.

“Emcore will reduce operating costs by eliminating duplicate resources and infrastructures,” said Hong Hou, the company's president and CEO.

The company anticipates annual cost savings from the restructuring of $7 million, but this will cost $2 million to implement.

Modulator milestone gives Bookham cause for celebration
Bookham has sold 100,000 InP-based Mach Zehnder modulators in the past 10 years, which it claims demonstrates its leadership in this market.

The San Jose, California, headquartered company's high-reliability modulators have clocked up billions of field hours, as packaged alongside lasers.

“InP MZs offer a smaller footprint and lower cost than competing LiNbO3 and GaAs modulators, and have proven their ability to perform in 10 Gb/s metro and long haul applications” said Jon White, product line manager for the “MZ” modulators at Bookham.

Bookham is exhibiting its “MZ”-exploiting tunable lasers at ECOC in Berlin later this month.

Sanyo starts up another Aixtron MOCVD tool
Sanyo has installed an Aixtron reactor at its site in Tottori prefecture, Japan, and commented that it provides an ideal capability for epitaxial thin film production.

Aixtron said that Sanyo considered its systems' “unrivalled reproducibility ” essential, and found them user-friendly.

Sanyo is one of the biggest AlGaInP red and AlGaAs infra-red laser diode makers in the word, and is now also manufacturing 405 nm GaN lasers.

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