Nokia completes acquisition of silicon photonics startup

March 30, 2020 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Nokia completes acquisition of silicon photonics startup
Nokia has successfully completed its acquisition of Elenion Technologies, a U.S.-based company focusing on silicon photonics technology.

Elenion’s technology expertise in silicon photonics and unique design platform and services enable Nokia to expand its market footprint by addressing the critical and rapidly evolving optical connectivity requirements of 5G, cloud and enterprise networking. Ownership of these key assets brings time-to-market and cost advantages to Nokia’s broad portfolio of networking products by applying the massive scale and economies of silicon design and manufacturing to the optical supply chain.

Elenion develops highly integrated, low-cost silicon photonics technologies for short-reach and high-performance optical interfaces and has pioneered a design toolset which enables a greatly simplified, low cost, scalable manufacturing process. The Elenion platform simplifies integration with optical chipsets, lowers power consumption, improves port density and helps to lower the overall cost per bit for network operators.

Sam Bucci, Head of Optical Networking at Nokia, said: “As a world-class provider of silicon photonics solutions, advanced packaging and custom design services, Elenion provides a strong strategic fit for Nokia. Its solutions can be readily integrated into Nokia’s product offerings and address multiple high growth segments including 5G, cloud and data center networking. When combined with Nokia, Elenion technologies will accelerate the growth and scale of Nokia’s optical networking business, while enabling us to cost-effectively address new markets.”

Elenion was founded in 2014 and was privately held before the acquisition closed.

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