Simax Technologies, another Sol-Gel Start-up claim to revolutionize the way optical
fibers are made.
May 20, 2001
Simax Technologies a private company started by Dr Frank Shiho Wang in 1999, announced a
technological breakthrough in materials processing for making high performance silica
based materials for the telecommunication Industry. The proprietary technology is based on
a next generation sol-gel process named Chemical Solution Gelation (CSG) and Chemical
Solution Deposition (CSD). Simax claims that CSG and CSD process provides benefits that offer
an incredible opportunity to manufacture silica components with precise geometries,
controlled refractive-index profile, superior light propagation and ultra low OH levels at
a reduced cost. Additional advantages as claimed by Simax R&D officials is the
possibility to replace CVD for making singlemode, multimode , and specialty fibers with
unprecedented homogeneity and passive losses.
The company closed $9 million in first round funding from a group of private investors.
It is located at Irvine California and has 30 employees.
The technology it seems to be extendable to optical fiber
preforms, Micro-Lenses, Array
waveguide grating and planar optical circuits.
The company had landed already a $ 200 000 order from
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