Ann Arbor Telecom Gear Builder Gets Order From China

ANN ARBOR — An Ann Arbor company is doing its part to reverse the United States’ huge trade deficit with China.

The Picometrix LLC unit of Advanced Photonix Inc. (NYSE: API) announced an order for its CR-100D 100-gigabit-per-second optical network equipment with an unnamed Chinese provider of telecommunications equipment.

API said the order, worth about $700,000, would be delivered over the next three months.

“This is a continuation of growing demand from our China based telecom OEM customer with demand on track to exceed our original estimate of $2M over the current fiscal year,” said Rob Risser, general manager of Picometrix and COO of API. “We are seeing widespread customer deployment of 100G in the long haul and metro markets and are significantly increasing our capacity to support our customers growing demand.”

API said the CR-100D uses patented technology and is one of several high-speed optical receivers that Picometrix provides to cover every modulation scheme for telecommunication systems. The company’s product offering includes 10G, 40G and 100G client-side and line-side optical receivers targeted at the long-haul and metro markets, and photodiodes targeted at the high volume enterprise and fiber-to-the-home markets.

API has three product lines. Optosolutions focuses on enabling manufacturers to measure physical properties, including temperature, color, and fluorescence for medical, security and process control applications. The terahertz sensor product line is targeted to process control and security markets through measurement and nondestructive testing — API’s T-Gauge sensor can measure subsurface physical properties, like multi-layer thicknesses, density, moisture content, anomaly detection and some chemical features, online and in real time. Finally, API’s high speed optical receiver products are used in telecommunication equipment and in test and measurement equipment used to manufacture telecommunication equipment.
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