BOTHELL, Wash., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lumera Corporation,
(Nasdaq: LMRA), announced today it has developed a revolutionary electro-optic
polymer -- a molecularly engineered material -- that has unprecedented
efficiency for advanced, high performance materials.
The efficiency of the new polymers is about five times that of the
inorganic material currently used to fabricate active optical devices and is
expected to dramatically improve optical equipment serving industries ranging
from telecommunications to high speed computers.
"We believe this nanotechnological breakthrough, particularly as it
relates to the materials developed by Lumera, could have a significant impact
on the development of the optical equipment and optical interconnect markets,"
said Thomas D. Mino, chief executive officer. "Lumera has attracted and
partnered with the best researchers in the industry and we continue to expect
great science to result in commercial products that will transform
The electro-optic polymer breakthrough resulted from a partnership between
Lumera and the University of Washington. University of Washington professors,
Larry Dalton and Alex Jen, have used "nano-tailoring" to increase electro-
optic activity that produces substantially more efficiency than that of
For their part of the partnership, Lumera's team of scientists adapted
internally developed materials to achieve electro-optic coefficients of 160
pm/V at telecom operating wavelengths, a number that is approximately 20
percent higher than existing materials.
"As we transition to these nano-engineered materials, their outstanding
performance will allow a greater number of options in device design,"
continued Mino. "For example, we can drive down the operating voltage,
increase the bandwidth, decrease the size and reduce the cost of optical
modulators and optical interconnects. Additionally, polymers can be processed
into device architectures such as Mach-Zehnder interferometers, directional
couplers, and micro-ring resonators. The relative ease and precision with
which these different devices can be fabricated is the significant advantage
of polymer materials."
Lumera is using the technology and materials to develop a number of new
products that will allow the company to expand in, or enter new markets. For
example, the company is developing modulators that have highly linear
responses for cable TV (CATV) optical links and hybrid wireless/fiber optic
networks. Additionally, external modulators that can operate at 10-40 GHz in
metro applications, transponders, and long-haul fiber optic network build-outs
are being evaluated by potential customers. All have broad potential in
markets that are gaining momentum in North America, Europe, and Asia. The
markets for these various products are forecasted to be greater than
$5 billion by 2007.
Lumera has recently received orders for the advanced materials and
engineering samples of devices from select large telecommunication and
Lumera is an emerging leader in the field of nanotechnology. The company
designs proprietary molecular structures and polymer compounds for a broad
range of electro-optic, RF and specialty coating applications. The company
also has developed proprietary processes for fabricating such devices. For
more information, please visit http://www.lumera.com/.