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NeoPhotonics Announces 64 GBaud Micro-Modulator for 400/600 Gbps Applications

Company to Demonstrate Small Form Factor Coherent Micro-Modulator at OFC

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 7, 2017-- NeoPhotonics Corporation (NYSE: NPTN), a leading designer and manufacturer of optoelectronic solutions for the highest speed communications networks in telecom and datacenter applications, today announced that it will demonstrate its new 64 GBaud, polarization multiplexed, quadrature micro-modulator (Micro-MOD) at the Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition in Los Angeles, California, March 21 to 23. The Micro-MOD is implemented in a small form factor (3.9x27x13 mm) package which co-packages a quad-channel, differential 64 GBaud driver with an Indium Phosphide based Mach-Zehnder (MZ) quadrature modulator chip.

It is intended that the Micro-MOD will align with the Optical Internetworking Forum’s recently-announced project to develop an Implementation Agreement for a “High Baud Rate Coherent Modulator Function” ( This new modulator is designed for applications in pluggable coherent CFP2-ACO and CFP2-DCO modules as well as on transport linecards, and joins the NeoPhotonics family of 64 GBaud components, including a 64 GBaud Micro-ICR and ultra-narrow linewidth tunable lasers.

NeoPhotonics Micro-MOD has a bandwidth over 40 GHz and exhibits low insertion loss in a small form factor modulator. By integrating the drivers inside the modulator package directly adjacent to the low power InP modulator chip, the total power requirement is 4.5 Watts. The Micro-MOD is designed to be used in 400/600 Gbps coherent transceiver modules and in line card applications which leverage its small size, high bandwidth and low power dissipation. The module can be configured with optional surface mount or flex connections, facilitating flexibility in component placement for critical size and PCB location constraints. To find out more about Coherent Modulators please refer to the blog post “Coherent IQ Modulator Performance.”

“When coupled with our high bandwidth Micro-ICR and ultra-narrow linewidth tunable laser, this new micro-modulator represents a significant step in providing small form factor capability for next gen 400/600 Gbps datacenter interconnect, core metro and long haul networks for carriers worldwide,” said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. “This device is an excellent example of our advanced hybrid photonic integration capabilities as it depends on a close integration of driver and modulator chips made out of different high performance materials to achieve superior performance, low power, high reliability and stability,” continued Mr. Jenks.

This new Micro-MOD, along with NeoPhotonics broad suite of products for 100Gbps and beyond line side and data center applications, will be displayed in Booth #3017 at the OFC Conference and Exhibition in Los Angeles, California, March 21-23, 2017.

About NeoPhotonics

NeoPhotonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of optoelectronic solutions for the highest speed communications networks in telecom and datacenter applications. The Company’s products enable cost-effective, high-speed data transmission and efficient allocation of bandwidth over communications networks. NeoPhotonics maintains headquarters in San Jose, California and ISO 9001:2000 certified engineering and manufacturing facilities in Silicon Valley (USA), Japan and China. For additional information visit

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This press release includes statements that qualify as forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including those related to industry trends and expected demand for Micro-Modulators and other high speed network applications. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and are only predictions based on the company’s current expectations, estimates and projections about their respective industry and business, management’s beliefs, and certain assumptions made by the company, all of which are subject to change and which may differ materially from actual future events or results. The actual company results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Certain risks and uncertainties that could cause the company’s results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements as well as other risks and uncertainties relating to the company’s business, are described more fully in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 as well as in the Company Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the three month periods ended March 31, 2016 and June 30, 2016 and September 30, 2016, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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