SOURCE: Kotura


November 10, 2011 10:00 ET

Silicon Photonics Leader Kotura Receives Innovation Award From Frost & Sullivan

Silicon Integration Increases the Performance of Optical Networks

MONTEREY PARK, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 10, 2011) - Kotura, Inc., a leading provider of silicon photonics products, today announced it has received a New Product Innovation Award from Frost & Sullivan for its Variable Optical Attenuator for Optical Communications. Leveraging their extensive expertise in silicon photonics, Kotura's Ultra VOA Array is a variable optical attenuation system that enables new optical networking functions like wavelength tracking and transient control.

The award will be issued today at the 2011 Excellence in Best Practices Awards Banquet in San Antonio, Texas. The Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards are based on independent, primary analyst research, and recognize unique innovations, commendable leadership, successful business strategies and industry best practices. For the New Product Innovation Awards, five criteria are used to benchmark products against competitors: innovative element of the product, leading edge product technologies, value added features/benefits, increased customer return on investment, and customer acquisition/penetration potential.

"Kotura's use of silicon photonics makes their offering unique in the market, allowing them to bring performance and functionality advantages," said Jacek Debowski, research analyst, Frost & Sullivan. "Their Ultra VOA Array device provides benefits to the communications industry by enhancing the capabilities of fiber-based interconnect systems to address the ever-growing requirements for faster optical communications. For these reasons and more, we are pleased to present them with this prestigious award."

Kotura's Ultra VOA was born out of the growing requirement to better manage the optical channels in dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) networks. Manufactured using a standard CMOS process, Jacek Debowski added, "The Ultra VOA Array is an example of successful implementation of silicon photonics technology in a commercial application."

"We thank Frost & Sullivan for honoring the work Kotura has done to bring practical silicon photonics solutions to the communications industry," said Jean-Louis Malinge, president & CEO, Kotura. "To recognize the technology behind our Ultra VOA gives us great satisfaction as we continue our development of next-generation silicon photonics products."

Kotura is one of the largest suppliers of variable optical attenuators, offering Ultra VOAs in versions supporting one, four and eight channels. Its technology platform enables the company to integrate more functionality on a single chip, resulting in high-performance solutions with a small form factor. For more information about Kotura and their products, 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 silicon CMOS 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

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