NeoPhotonics Corporation (NYSE: NPTN), a RUSNANO Portfolio Company, Launches Production in Moscow

11 December 2015

NeoPhotonics Corporation a leading international designer and manufacturer of advanced hybrid photonic integrated optoelectronic modules and subsystems for bandwidth-intensive, high-speed communications networks has launched manufacturing production operations at Technopolis Moscow. The opening ceremony was attended by the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich and the Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Anatoly Chubais.

NeoPhotonics products enable cost-effective, high-speed data transmission and efficient allocation of bandwidth over communications networks.  These optical modules are used to provide rapid data exchange in digital video, multimedia, music, video-conferencing, HD-TV and social networks.

NeoPhotonics Corporation (NYSE: NPTN), a RUSNANO Portfolio Company, launches production in Moscow

NeoPhotonics maintains headquarters in San Jose, California, USA and operates ISO 9001:2000 certified engineering and manufacturing facilities in Silicon Valley, USA, in Japan and in China.  The company employs approximately 2500 people worldwide.

The company is investing up to $30 million in its Russian production facility, creating 45 jobs including 10 R&D specialists and more than 30 jobs in manufacturing. NeoPhotonics established sales and R&D offices in Moscow in May 2013 to serve customers from Russia and Eastern Europe.

RUSNANO’s investments in NeoPhotonics have created the first local, vertically integrated manufacturer of optical network components for Russian telecommunication equipment producers. The company will manufacture splitters (passive network devices that facilitates distribution of optical communications signals) in clean rooms at Technopolis Moscow. Russian demand for these devices was previously met entirely by imported products. This initial range of finished products is expected to be expanded in the future.

The first production splitters were produced at the new facility in June 2015 and were subsequently used to support substantial technical qualifications and certification by customers in Russia and abroad. Customers are expected to include the leading Russian telecom provider, Rostelecom.

All necessary agreements giving the Russian facility access to the NeoPhotonics technology platform (know-how and patents) will be concluded before the end of 2015. The agreements cover almost 60 patented technology families for the production of a broad range of planar optical components for communications networks and includes access to the company’s deep technology base enabling all stages of production of these and other devices. 

Technical information

A Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) is a device that integrates multiple photonic functions within a chip-level device produced using wafer-based semiconductor methods and which can perform a variety of functions related to optical signal processing (usually in the visible and near-infrared waveband).

PIC production technology is similar to the technology used in production of ordinary electronic integrated circuits: deposition of silicon oxide or other materials is used to create layers and lithography is used to pattern wafers. PICs can contain waveguide interconnectors, power dividers, optical amplifier combiners, optical modulators, filters, and optical detectors. Photonic integrated circuits have a multitude of uses, but their main application as pursued by NeoPhotonics is in fiber-optic communication.

PICs can be used to produce optical systems that are more compact and productive than systems based on discrete optical components. They are also capable of integration with electronic circuits for miniaturization of multifunctional electro-optical systems and devices.

Optical splitters, which split the energy flow passing through an optic fiber, are among the highest volume devices produced using PIC technology. Optical splitters are passive devices, as they do not require their own energy supply in order to function.

Optical splitters make it possible to transmit a signal to multiple recipients via a single fiber, reducing the construction cost of fiber-optic communication lines and opening the way for development of passive optical networks.

There are currently two main types of optical splitters, distinguished by their production technologies: the planar lightwave circuit splitter, and the fused biconic taper splitter.

The first is produced by chemical deposition of layers of optical material onto a wafer surface, such as quartz. At a certain point in the process a planar light pipe with the required configuration and optical density is etched through a mask. The light pipe is situated between the layers of optical material and acts as a core, transmitting the optical signal power. The effective result is a crystal or microchip composed of a quartz wafer and optical materials, enabling equal division of power via a Y-shaped splitter.

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RUSNANO Joint-Stock Company was founded in March 2011 through reorganization of state corporation Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies. JSC RUSNANO contributes to implementation of the state policy on the development of the nanotechnology industry by investing directly and through investment funds of nanotechnology in financially effective high-technology projects providing the development of new production facilities in the Russian Federation. Its primary investment focus is in electronics, optoelectronics and telecommunications, healthcare and biotechnology, metallurgy and metalwork, energy, mechanical engineering and instrument making, construction and industrial materials, chemicals and petrochemicals. 100 percent of RUSNANO’s shares are state owned. Thanks to RUSNANO’s investments, there are currently 105 factories and R&D Centers opened in 37 regions in Russia. JSC RUSNANO has profit for the last 5 years.

Management of assets of RUSNANO JSC is carried out by Limited Liability Company established in December 2013, RUSNANO Management Company. Anatoly Chubais is the Chairman of its Executive Board.

Work to establish nanotechnology infrastructure and carry out educational programs is fulfilled by RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, which was also established during the reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.