Sanmina-SCI tapped for Kaiam MEMS-based optical component fab

September 19, 2011 – PRNewswire — Sanmina-SCI Corporation (Nasdaq:SANM), electronics manufacturing services provider, will produce a family of optical components based on Kaiam’s MEMS hybrid integration technology.

Sanmina will start by making 40Gb/s transmitter TOSA and ROSA receiver optical subassemblies, to be used in QSFP-LR4 optical transceivers for telecom networks. They integrate high performance, directly modulated lasers and high-speed detectors with planar lightwave circuits (PLC) and optics and electronics to maximize bandwidth in a small form factor.

Optics and microelectronics are in Sanmina-SCI’s "strategic focus," prompting investments in process and manufacturing technologies and capital equipment, said Dave Dutkowsky, EVP, Sanmina-SCI’s Communications Networks Division. He notes that Sanmina’s role will be to "industrialize" Kaiam’s "cutting-edge technologies." Sanmina-SCI will allow Kaiam to "cost effectively and rapidly ramp" its products, added Ross Parke, Kaiam VP of manufacturing.  

Sanmina-SCI has design, manufacturing and logistics facilities in key global regions, including its Shenzhen Optical facility. The new products are being industrialized with support from Sanmina-SCI’s engineering teams and will be ramped to full production in Sanmina-SCI’s facilities in Shenzhen, China.

Sanmina-SCI Corporation is a leading electronics contract manufacturer serving the fastest-growing segments of the global Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) market. More information regarding the company is available at

Kaiam Corporation develops products based on hybrid photonic integrated circuits (PICs). For more information, visit

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