Swedish company offers the industry's fastest optical sampling
oscilloscopes for 40G and 100G R&D, manufacturing and deployment
QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.
(NASDAQ: EXFO; TSX: EXF) announced today the acquisition of PicoSolve, Inc., a
private test and measurement company offering the industry's fastest optical
sampling oscilloscopes for 40G and 100G R&D, manufacturing and deployment
PicoSolve, founded in 2004 by researchers at Chalmers University of
Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, provides ultra-high-speed optical sampling
oscilloscopes to network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) involved in the design
and production of next-generation optical networks. Network service providers
(NSPs) will also require such high-end test equipment for their deployment
With bandwidth demand growing exponentially worldwide, NEMs are
increasing the transmission rates of their optical networks to 40 Gbit/s and,
in the near future, to 100 Gbit/s. Advanced modulation schemes, in which data
is encoded in both phase and amplitude of the optical carrier, allow NEMs to
reach ultra-high network speeds using existing DWDM channel spacing, while
maintaining resilience to chromatic and polarization dispersion phenomena.
Full characterization of this ultra-high-speed encoding represents a
significant test and measurement challenge for both NEMs and NSPs.
PicoSolve currently has the only bit rate-independent test solution that
can measure such phase- and amplitude-modulated signals with a measurement
bandwidth of more than 500 GHz, yielding a sub-picosecond temporal resolution.
PicoSolve also brings to EXFO a rich intellectual property portfolio with
patents that will be leveraged over time.
"PicoSolve represents a small but highly strategic acquisition because it
significantly strengthens our leadership position for characterizing
ultra-high-speed optical networks for the NEM and NSP markets," said Germain
Lamonde, EXFO's Chairman, President and CEO. "PicoSolve's optical sampling
oscilloscopes and the deep knowledge base that its team brings to EXFO will
prove to be invaluable assets as technologies migrate from R&D labs, onto
manufacturing floors, and into the field in upcoming years. Once again, EXFO
will be front and center to assist customers in their testing needs."
"We are pleased to have found in EXFO a strong launching pad for our
optical sampling oscilloscopes," said Dr. Peter Andrekson, CEO of PicoSolve.
"Our technological leadership, combined with EXFO's brand equity, leading
market share in optical testing, as well as global sales presence and
relationships, should result in significant market-share gains in this
According to Infonetics Research, the global market for 40G and 100G
optical network equipment should grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR)
of 46.2% from 2009 to 2011 to reach US$5.1 billion.
PicoSolve, founded in 2004, is a spin-off from Chalmers University of
Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. Its staff has a very strong research track
record in all-optical sampling systems, and is now taking this a step further
to develop new, useful instruments for the fiber-optic communications industry
and R&D labs.
EXFO is a leading provider of test and service assurance solutions for
network service providers and equipment manufacturers in the global
telecommunications industry. The Telecom Division offers a wide range of
innovative solutions extending across the full technology lifecycle - from
design to technology deployment and onto service assurance - and covering all
layers on a network infrastructure to enable triple-play services and
next-generation, converged IP networking. The Life Sciences and Industrial
Division offers solutions in medical device and opto-electronics assembly,
fluorescence microscopy and other life science sectors. For more information,
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