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In Brief: Kyma, NRL, JPSA Laser And Infinera

Kyma teams with the US Navy on GaN FET research, Infinera sets a new benchmark in optical bandwidth, and JPSA Laser buys a bigger facility.

Kyma and Navy pursue GaN FETs
The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has signed a formal co-operative research and development agreement (CRADA) with GaN substrate developer Kyma Technologies.

Under the leadership of Steve Binari and David Storm at NRL and Drew Hanser, a co-founder of Kyma, the team will develop GaN field-effect transistors for advanced military radar applications.

"Our existing collaboration with NRL has produced encouraging early materials and device results, showing excellent epitaxial growth and device performance up into the X-band," said Hanser.

Infinera demos 1.6 Tb/s lab chip
Photonic integrated circuit (PIC) and network system specialist Infinera says that it has demonstrated a data rate of 1.6 Tb/s with a single optical chip.

Infinera s PICs feature more than 240 devices, and transmit data through 40 optical channels. If the lab demo were replicated commercially, it would be capable of transmitting 160 000 high-definition TV broadcasts simultaneously, claims the Californian company.

The data rate of optical semiconductors in commercial markets has doubled every 2.2 years over the past two decades, says Infinera, adding that the 1.6 Tb/s PIC shows the potential of the photonic integration approach to scale in line with internet traffic growth.

JPSA moves up the road
Laser wafer-dicing system vendor JP Sercel Associates (JPSA) has bought a new manufacturing facility in Manchester, NH.

CEO Jeffrey Sercel says that the company will move into the building, which is a short distance from its current Hollis, NH, plant, once it has been renovated.

The Manchester facility will feature a laser job shop for applications including wafer processing.

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