SOURCE: Kotura


April 03, 2012 10:00 ET

Silicon Photonics Innovator Kotura Signs Japanese Distribution Agreement With Nissho Electronics

Nissho to Showcase Kotura Products Next Week at FOE, Tokyo

MONTEREY PARK, CA and TOKYO--(Marketwire - Apr 3, 2012) - Silicon photonics innovator Kotura, Inc. and Nissho Electronics, a leading high-tech distributor in Japan, today announced a distribution agreement whereby Nissho will distribute Kotura's entire suite of integrated silicon photonic solutions including high-speed, single-channel Variable Optical Attenuators (VOAs), high-speed VOA arrays, and WDM multiplexers for 40 and 100 Gb/s data center applications.

Kotura's photonics chips are based on the company's micron scale manufacturing platform currently in mass production and deployed in live networks around the world since 2006. With three of the five largest telecommunication OEMs already using Kotura products in their 10, 40 and 100 Gb/s networks, the company is approaching a million channels per year currently in production.

"Photonics integration in silicon provides small, low-power solutions for next generation networks," said S. Gene Kawaratani, president and CEO of Nissho Electronics. "Kotura is a leading innovator in the silicon photonics movement. Combining their technology with our specialized global high-tech partnerships will bring real value to our customers."

"Nissho Electronics has a large customer base in Japan and an excellent reputation in the high tech industry," said Xavier Clairardin, vice president of product marketing and sales at Kotura. "We look forward to working closely with Nissho to expand our global customer base and our position in the Japanese market."

Nissho Electronics will exhibit Kotura's products at FOE 2012 in Tokyo from April 11-13 at booth 29-12 in the East 4 Hall, Tokyo Big Sight.

As a leader in silicon photonics, Kotura devices have reliably logged more than one billion channel hours of operation. The company has 140 issued and applied patents. For more about Kotura, please visit

About Nissho Electronics
Nissho Electronics provides solutions and services to target customers in a wide range of industries, utilizing the most state-of-the-art technology in the world. One of Nissho's strengths is that, based on a wealth of experience and technical capabilities, remarkable performance that introduced in a number of the nation's first state-of-the-art technology such as Ciena's DWDM, Juniper's Router as a distributor and evangelist of such leading-edge technology, we can provide the solutions and services that best meets and the needs of our customers. Bringing together the extensive expertise in building ICT infrastructure that Nissho has developed over the years, our service center for new technologies, the NETFrontier Center, provides a robust support system with solutions and services tailored to our customers' needs. For more information, please visit

About Kotura, Inc.
Kotura, Inc., a worldwide leader in silicon photonics, designs, manufactures and markets application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for the communications, computing, sensing and detection markets. The company is singularly focused on the application of silicon photonics to solve a range of communications problems. An ISO 9001:2008 certified company, Kotura's unique platform technology integrates optics and electronics to refine optical networking, applying photons where electrons are currently used, and developing ASICs that provide a bridge to the next generation of connectivity. The company's in-house fab ensures that its silicon photonic ICs are manufactured to the highest quality standards, resulting in high-performance, affordable solutions that are power efficient and have a small footprint. Known for operational excellence, Kotura was founded in 2004, and is headquartered in Monterey Park, Calif. with an office in Shenzhen, China. For more information, please visit or follow the company on Facebook.

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