Advanced Photonix Gets $3M+ Order

ANN ARBOR — The Picometrix LLC subsidiary of Ann Arbor’s Advanced Photonix Inc. (NYSE: API) Monday said it has successfully completed its annual negotiations to supply high-speed optical receivers to a leading OEM telecom systems customer.

The company estimates 2015 annual revenue from these negotiations will be between $3 million and $4 million.

The company said the 2015 commitment includes the full suite of Picometrix’s 100-gigabit coherent receiver products, including the CR-100D with integrated variable optical attenuator, designed for 100G long haul communications in dense wavelength division multiplexing systems.

The innovative CR-100D receiver increases dynamic range and improves optical signal-to-noise ratio performance.

The company says its equipment can be used in so-called “colorless” fiber optic networks that use any wavelength of light, allowing faster data throughput and lower costs per bit transport, both of which are big concerns for the industry.

Said Robin Risser, COO of API and general manager of Picometrix: “We have a strong relationship and close collaboration with this strategic customer and are looking forward to supporting the growth in their long haul and metro 100G product platforms. The market for upgrading the long haul and metro networks from 10G to 100G coherent equipment is entering its growth stage as full motion video and social media continue to place demands for increased bandwidth on the network infrastructure. We are well positioned to participate in this growth with our current and next generation 100G product offerings.”

API supplies optoelectronic sensors, devices and instruments used in the test and measurement, process control, telecommunications and homeland security industries. The company has three product lines: Optosolutions, focuses on enabling manufacturers to measure physical properties, including temperature, particular counting, color, and fluorescence for Medical, Homeland Security and Process Control applications. The Terahertz sensor product line is targeted to the Process Control, to enable quality control, and Security markets through nondestructive testing. The T-Gauge sensor can measure subsurface physical properties, like multi-layers thicknesses, density, moisture content, anomaly detection and some chemical features, online and in real time. High-Speed Optical Receivers products are used by the telecommunication market in both telecommunication equipment and in test and measurement equipment utilized in the manufacturing of telecommunication equipment.

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