Profile: EMCORE Corp (EMKR.OQ)

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EMCORE Corporation (EMCORE) offers a portfolio of compound semiconductor-based products for the broadband, fiber optics, space and solar power markets. The Company operates in two segments: Fiber Optics and Photovoltaics. EMCORE’s Fiber Optics segment offers optical components, subsystems and systems for high-speed data and telecommunications, cable television (CATV) and fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) networks. The Company's Photovoltaics segment provides products for both space and terrestrial applications. Its products serve the telecommunications, datacom, CATV, FTTP, high-performance computing, defense and homeland security, space and terrestrial solar power markets. In May 2012, the Company completed the sale of its Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSEL)-based product lines to Sumitomo Electric Device Innovations U.S.A., Inc. (SEDU), a subsidiary of Sumitomo Electric Industries, LTD (SEI).

Fiber Optics

EMCORE’s fiber optics products enable information that is encoded on light signals to be transmitted, routed (switched) and received in communication systems and networks. Its Fiber Optics segment primarily offers telecom optical products, enterprise products, laser/photodetector component products, parallel optical transceiver and cable products, fiber channel transceiver products, CATV products, FTTP products, satellite communications (Satcom) products, cideo transport, and defense and homeland security. It supplies tunable 10, 40 and 100 gigabit per second transmission applications for dense wave length division-multiplexed (DWDM) transponders and transceivers for telecommunications transport systems. The Company offers vertically-integrated products, including external-cavity laser modules, integrated tunable laser assemblies (ITLAs), 300-pin transponders, and tunable XFP (TXFP) transceivers. Its internally developed laser technology is suited for applications of 10, 40 and 100.

EMCORE provides advanced optical components and transceiver modules for data applications that enable switch-to-switch, router-to-router and server-to-server backbone connections at speeds of 10 gigabit per second. It offers a range of products with XENPAK form with the 10 gigabit per second Ethernet (10-GE) IEEE802.3ae standard. The Company’s 10-GE products include short-reach (SR), long-reach (LR), extended-reach (ER) and coarse WDM LX4 optical transceivers to connect between the photonic physical layer and the electrical section layer, as well as CX4 transceivers. In addition, to the 10-GE products, it offers multi-source agreement (MSA) compliant small form factor (SFF) and small form factor pluggable (SFP) optical transceivers for use in gigabit Ethernet and fiber channel local-area and storage-area networks (SAN). These transceivers provide integrated duplex data links for bi-directional communication over both single-mode and multimode optical fibers at data rates of 1.25 and 4 gigabits per second, respectively.

The Company is a provider of optical components, including lasers, photodetectors and various forms of packaged sub-assemblies. Its technology enables applications for two, four, eight, 10 and 14 gigabit per second applications for the datacom and SAN markets. These products include bare die (chip), telephone operator (TO) and technical operations support activity (TOSA) forms of 850 nanometer vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs), distributed feedback (DFB) lasers, positive-intrinsic-negative (PIN) and avalanche photodiode (APD) components for two, eight and 10 gigabit per second fiber channel, one and 10 gigabit per second Ethernet, infiniband, FTTP and telecom applications.

EMCORE provides optical transmitter and receiver products using optical emitting or detection devices, such as VCSELs and photodetectors (PDs). These optical transmitter, receiver and transceiver products are used for back-plane interconnects, switching/routing between telecom racks, and high-performance computing clusters. These products include 12-lane SNAP-12 MSA compliant transmitter and receivers with single and double data rates. Based on the multi-lane parallel optical transceivers, it offers optical fiber ribbon cables (ECC - EMCORE Connects Cables) with parallel-optical transceivers embedded within the connectors. These products, with 20, 40, 56, 120 and 150 gigabit per second, are suited for computing clusters and server interconnect applications. The Company offers tri-rate SFF and SFP optical transceivers for storage area networks. The MSA compliant transceiver module is designed for high-speed fiber channel data links supporting up to 4.25 gigabit per second (4x the Fiber Channel rate). The products provide integrated duplex data links for bi-directional communication over Multimode optical fiber.

The Company's CATV products provide radio frequency (RF) over fiber products for the CATV industry. These products are used in hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) networks that enable cable service operators to offer services for high-speed Internet, on-demand and interactive video, and other services, such as high-definition television (HDTV) and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP). Its CATV products include forward and return-path analog and digital lasers, photodetectors and subassembly components, broadcast analog and digital fiber-optic transmitters, and quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) transmitters and receivers. EMCORE’s products provide its customers to offer more cable services, data transmission distance, speed and bandwidth, and lower noise video receive.

The Company has developed FTTP components and subsystem products to support plans by telephone companies to offer voice, video and data services, through the deployment of new fiber optics-based access networks. Its FTTP products include passive optical network (PON) transceivers, analog fiber optic transmitters for video overlay and high-power erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFA), analog and digital lasers, photodetectors and subassembly components, analog video receivers and multi-dwelling unit (MDU) video receivers. Its Satcom products provide optical components and systems for use in equipment that provides high-performance optical data links for the terrestrial portion of satellite communications networks. The Company’s Satcom products include transmitters, receivers, subsystems and systems that transport wideband radio frequency and microwave signals between satellite hub equipment and antenna dishes.

EMCORE’s video transport product line offers solutions for broadcasting, transportation, IP television (IPTV), mobile video, and security and surveillance applications over private and public networks. Its video, audio, data and RF transmission systems serve both analog and digital requirements. It provides a suite of ruggedized products for the United States government and defense markets. The Company’s specialty defense products include fiber optic gyro components, which are used in guided munitions, ruggedized parallel optic transmitters and receivers, high-frequency RF fiber optic link components for towed decoy systems, optical delay lines for radar systems, EDFAs, terahertz spectroscopy systems and other products. Customers for its Fiber Optics segment include Arris/C-Cor Electronics, Aurora Networks, BUPT-GUOAN Broadband, Ciena, Cisco, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei, Motorola, Tellabs and ZTE.

The Company’s Fiber Optics segment competes with Applied Optoelectronics, Finisar, Sumitomo Electric Device Innovations, Cyoptics, Mitsubishi, Source Photonics, JDSU, Opnext, Avago, Foxcom, MITEQ, Inc., Evertz and Telecast.


EMCORE’s Photovoltaics segment’s markets include space solar power generation and terrestrial solar power generation. It provides solar power generation solutions to the global communications and science satellite industry and the United States government space programs. It designs and manufactures multi-junction compound semiconductor-based solar cells for commercial, government civil space, and military satellite applications. In addition, the Company is developing advanced multi-junction solar cells, which is inverted metamorphic multijunction (IMM), in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the United States Air Force Research Laboratory. It also offers covered inter-connected cells and solar panel lay-down services. For space applications, it offers gallium arsenide (GaAs) multi-junction solar cells, covered interconnected cells (CICs) and solar panels

The Company serves the terrestrial solar market with two levels of concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) products, which include components, including solar cells and solar cell receivers, and CPV terrestrial solar power systems. Its solar power generation systems use photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight to electricity and have been used in space programs and in terrestrial applications for several decades. During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2010 (fiscal 2010), the Company’s Gen-III product went into production. For terrestrial applications, the Company offers CPV power systems for commercial and utility scale solar applications, as well as GaAs solar cells and integrated CPV components for use in other solar power concentrator systems.

The Company has supplied the CPV components to solar concentrating systems companies in the United States, Europe and Asia. The Company has finished installations of a total of approximately one megawatt of CPV systems in Spain, China and the United States with its own Gen-II CPV power system design. Customers for the Photovoltaics segment include Applied Physics Labs - Johns Hopkins University, ATK, Boeing, Dutch Space, Lockheed Martin, Loral Space & Communications, NASA-JPL, Northrop Grumman and Orbital Sciences Corporation.

The Company’s Photovoltaics segment competes with Azure Solar, Sharp, Spectrolab, Amonix, Concentrix and SolFocus.

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