LONDON Photonic communications specialist Lumera Corporation is teaming with wireless transceiver group Asyrmatos to develop millimeter wave communication systems.
As part of the deal, Lumera (Bothell, Wash) will acquire a 25 percent stake in privately held Asyrmatos (Boston, Mass.) in exchange for the intellectual property associated with the technology. It also gains an option to acquire the outstanding stock of Asyrmatos in 2012.
The groups will develop communication products incorporating Lumera's millimeter wave technology and components based on proprietary polymer compounds.
The platform can switch between frequencies adaptively in a frequency-hopping environment, or when needed simply by changing the frequency band and the channel context. The company says this offers security against interception, interference, and some forms of denial-of-service. This capability also serves to improve reliability, robustness, and can massively increase throughput when the multiple frequencies are used simultaneously.
Lumera claims none of the current commercially available millimeter wave communication systems can claim such advantages.
The company said it has been looking to outsource the product development for some time. "This arrangement removes the capital risk of development while providing Lumera with an exclusive opportunity for full ownership in the future," commented Joseph Vallner, interim CEO at Lumera.
The companies have already been collaborating on the communications prototype. "This is a highly specialized area and there are few individuals who are qualified to bring this product to commercialization. Panos Lekkas, President and Chief Executive Officer of Asyrmatos, Dr. Raj Reddy, Chairman of the Board, and Dr. David McClain, Senior Vice President - Embedded Systems, are very well known for their expertise in this area and we're delighted that they will be leading this effort," said Dr. Raluca Dinu, Vice President of Lumera's Electro-optic Business Unit.
Lumera said the prototype was successfully tested in October, 2006. The device transmits data at frequencies of 35, 94, and 140 GHz. Data rates from 2.5 to 10.3 Gbits/second can be transmitted up to three miles per data link.
The Asyrmatos team led by Lekkas has extensive experience in very-high speed communications. Lekkas began his career as a VLSI engineer, before joining IBM Corporation where he rose to several positions in advanced technology development and technical marketing management both in the US and in Europe.