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Teledyne and Zephyr Photonics unite to advance optical interconnect technology

The partnership is aimed at developing and marketing high bandwidth, harsh environment optoelectronic solutions for the military, aerospace, commercial aviation, and oil and gas industries

 The venture combines Zephyr Photonics’ VCSEL technology and Teledyne Microelectronics Technologies’ five decades of experience in producing multichip modules and ruggedised fibre optic assemblies.

This is the first major commercial partnership for Zephyr Photonics, which recently transitioned to a commercial enterprise after more than 25 years as a research and development company.

The agreement with Teledyne Microelectronic Technologies includes joint product development to address future market opportunities. It also provides a collaborative sales channel to reach more customers faster while opening new markets via Teledyne’s multiple divisions, and establishes a trusted partnership for government funding proposals for new technology development.

“This is a significant step for Zephyr Photonics as we work to establish our foothold as a trusted resource and partner for optoelectronic technology across a variety of markets and industries,” said Tom Steding, CEO of Zephyr Photonics. “Working with Teledyne Microelectronic Technologies provides credibility to our customers via a trusted manufacturing facility and further demonstrates our commitment to the defence OEMs, and ultimately, the warfighter.”

This collaboration will provide customers with advanced optical interconnect fibre optic products that can overcome harsh environment data communications obstacles and enable optical interconnect solutions that meet the requirements of national security and commercial applications.

“Together, we will deliver unparalleled and reliable solutions to system designers and improved SWaP for applications and environments where data communications is not just important, it is mission critical and potentially life-saving,” said Terry Thomas, Executive Vice President of Business Development for Zephyr Photonics. “Zephyr Photonics’ proprietary high temperature VCSELs can withstand temperatures over 155°C and are well suited for unmanned airborne vehicles, in addition to extreme heat conditions in down hole oil drilling applications.”

“Teledyne Microelectronic Technologies relationship with Zephyr Photonics expands our range of optoelectronic packaging solutions well beyond the competition’s,” said Albert Andry, Vice President and General Manager of Teledyne Microelectronic Technologies. “By partnering with Zephyr Photonics, we can take our superior fibre optic packaging capabilities to the Oil & Gas sector, where extreme temperature requirements are driving technology to limits not seen before.”
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