STMicroelectronics and Onix Microsystems Inc announced that the two companies have signed an agreement to co-develop and manufacture chipsets containing micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) devices and application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for use in Onix's Transport Optical Switching Engine
The pact is aimed at optical switching for high capacity long haul and metropolitan area networks. These switches will be used for dynamic cross connects, add/drop modules, network provisioning and network restoration.
The MEMS optical switch in the Transport subsystem is based on a technology that allows microscopic MEMS mirrors to reflect incoming light beams into one of many outputs, rather than simply switching between two states, the companies said.
"Developing the MEMS and ASIC devices together will ensure that the complete chipset is highly optimised and, once in production, ST's high volume manufacturing capability will provide the chipsets required by Onix to meet the market demand," they added.
Onix Microsystems is a privately held company located in Richmond, CA.