March 04, 2011 11:55 ET

EMCORE Connects Cables™ Enable the World's Fastest Super Computer

ALBUQUERQUE, NM--(Marketwire - March 4, 2011) -  EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), a leading provider of compound semiconductor-based components and subsystems for the fiber optic and solar power markets, announced today that EMCORE Connects Cables were utilized to connect Tianhe-1A, the world's most powerful super computer.

According to the most recent list, by, an independent super-computing online resource, the Tianhe-1A system took the top spot as the world fastest super computer. The accomplishment was made possible by EMCORE Connects Cables, which are high-speed interconnect active optical cables (AOCs) used in place of traditional copper cables. EMCORE's Connects Cables enable system architects to design larger and even more powerful super computers. The Tianhe-1A system uses several thousand of these optical cables.

EMCORE's Quad Data Rate (QDR) Connects Cables are a 40Gb/s cable product with Quad Small Form factor Pluggable (QSFP) electrical connectors. The smaller diameter and lower heat dissipation of the QDR cables enabled the Tianhe-1A to more efficiently manage overall power consumption and cooling resources, which are critical factors in high-performance computing system design.

Chris Wiggins, Director of Marketing for EMCORE's Digital Fiber Products, said, "EMCORE pioneered the use of optical cables in high performance computing (HPC) seven years ago. Since then, EMCORE has been providing interconnect products enabling several of the world's fastest super computers. Additionally, EMCORE's QDR Connects Cables have experienced strong growth since we introduced the product earlier this year. Our customers cite EMCORE's quality, reliability, on-time delivery and competitive pricing as reasons for choosing us over our competitors in the high-performance computing and datacenter interconnect marketplaces."

For additional information about EMCORE's 40Gb/s QDR Connects Cables, please visit EMCORE will demonstrate its comprehensive Connects Cables at the Optical Fiber Conference in Los Angeles from March 8-10, 2011, Booth 2125.

EMCORE Corporation offers a broad portfolio of compound semiconductor-based products for the broadband, fiber optics, space and solar power markets. EMCORE's Fiber Optics segment offers optical components, subsystems and systems for high speed data and telecommunications networks, cable television (CATV) and fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP). EMCORE's Photovoltaics segment provides products for both space and terrestrial applications. For space applications, EMCORE offers high efficiency gallium arsenide (GaAs) solar cells, covered interconnected cells (CICs) and panels. For terrestrial applications, EMCORE is adapting its high-efficiency GaAs solar cells for use in solar concentrator systems. For further information about EMCORE, visit

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