Thursday, October 27, 2011

CALIENT Looks to Data Centers for its MEMS Photonic Switching

CALIENT Technologies, which developed a unique photonic switching capability using 3D MEMS, Inc., raised a $19.4 million round of venture financing from a combination of new and existing internal investors. The new funding will be used to expand into data center and cloud computing markets and to finalize development of its new portfolio of 3D MEMS photonic switching systems and modules for OEMs and system integration partners.

The company plans to market a new family of modular photonic switching systems and subsystems targeted for enterprise and cloud data centers as well as existing applications such as subsea cable and government networks.

“CALIENT is excited to have the funding to complete our strategy of expanding our product line, moving into new markets and partnering with global vendors to provide best-in-class solutions,�? said Atiq Raza, chairman and CEO of CALIENT. “There are many new trends as a result of the demand for high bandwidth applications and we are now in a position to take advantage of these opportunities and grow our business. Data centers and cloud computing networks in particular are exciting new opportunities for us due to the unprecedented growth in server deployments and the resulting explosion of bandwidth requirements.�?

  • CALIENT’s technology is based on its patented deep-silicon plasma etch process technology that is used to make 3D MEMS mirrors. The company is based in Santa Barbara, CA.

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