Agilent snaps up German photonics developer - Embedded.com

Agilent snaps up German photonics developer

LONDON — Agilent Technologies Inc. has completed the acquisition of Adaptif Photonics GmbH. which brings it technology and products used for advanced polarization analysis and control for the test of optical components and systems in telecommunications, as well as in the sensors and laser market.

Agilent (Santa Clara, Cailf.) believes the combined technology and capabilities of both companies will expand its position in optical polarization test, allowing it to offer a full range of electrical and optical test equipment for high-speed broadband network designs.

Adaptif (Hamburg, Germany) has a close association with the optical center of expertise at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg and has developed intellectual property in optical-measurement product development.

“This acquisition is one step in a series of actions we have taken to strengthen our optical test and measurement offerings and allows us to offer a full range of electrical and optical test equipment for high-speed broadband network designs,” said Alois Hauk, photonic and network test division VP and general manager at Agilent.

Adaptif Photonics was founded in 2002 and was privately owned. Amongst investors in the company were Redfern Photonics (Sydney, Australia) which was established in 1998 to invest in and commercialise research and development outcomes in the photonics communications industry.

Another seed investors was MAZ Level One GmbH (Hamburg, Germany) which supports young, technology driven companies and combines the capital investment with personal support in a start-up center.

The majority of Adaptif’s employees have joined Agilent and financial details were not disclosed.

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