Molex acquires Luxtera’s active optical cable business

Interconnect supplier Molex has acquired the business of Luxtera’s Active Optical Cable (AOC), a company specialising in silicon CMOS photonics.

Luxtera will transfer all aspects of its existing and future AOC business to Molex, including current Quad Small Form Factor Pluggable (QSFP+), 40Gbps Ethernet and Infiniband products and customers.

The acquisition, which immediately adds QSFP cables to Molex’s portfolio of active optical connectivity products, includes an exclusive agreement for Luxtera to develop and supply advanced chip sets for future Molex products that are based on Luxtera’s silicon photonics technology, including 14Gbps and four-channel 25Gbps products for the 100Gbps Ethernet and Infiniband markets.

The companies will work together on future product planning to provide customers with interconnect solutions at 10Gbps, 14Gbps, 25Gbps, and faster data rates.