Optical components company Oclaro, based in Paignton, has been awarded a top score for optical components innovation.
Oclaro has developed a new communication laser product known as a ‘Coherent CFP2 Pluggable Module’ that will be sold to large network equipment providers and data centre operators to power the internet of the future.
Judged by a panel of independent experts, the product received a top score of 5.0 at the Lightwave Innovation Awards. Lightwave, an optical industry publication, invite technology developers to submit products for review as part of their optical communications technology recognition program.
As a member of the Torbay Hi Tech Forum, Oclaro is one of a number of hi tech companies based in Torbay that are actively supported by the Torbay Development Agency (TDA).
Jason Buck, investment development manager, TDA, said: “The cluster of hi tech businesses in Torbay are thriving and this award highlights the level of innovation that is taking place. It is fantastic to see companies of this ilk enjoying success in Torbay. The Oclaro team is surrounded by a wider cluster of electronics and photonics expertise, which is probably within the top four regions in the UK.”
Stephen Marks, corporate social responsibility manager for Oclaro, said: “This award demonstrates the high levels of expertise and knowledge in our research and development engineering team in Paignton, which is making key contributions to the global telecommunications industry. The technology developed here helps power the internet, and we are committed to continued innovation by developing new generations of this highly relevant technology.”