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01-27-2009, SCHOTT North America, Inc.

SCHOTT Electronic Packaging Ready for Next Generation High-speed Datacom

SCHOTT Researchers able to extend the bandwidth of TO PLUS Line,to 17 Gbit/s

January 24, 2009 (At SPIE Photonics West-San Jose, Calif.) – SCHOTT’s Electronic Packaging business (Booth #809) introduced the extension of their hermetic Transistor Outline (TO) products ready to serve tomorrow’s Fiber Channel applications of 17 gigabits/second and beyond to the North American market at the SPIE Photonics West Exhibition.

Recent simulation testing at SCHOTT’s Electronic Packaging business is convincing many industry experts that the fiber channel protocol offers plenty of potential for meeting tomorrow’s data transmission requirements of 17 gigabits/second and beyond. SCHOTT already offers a completely hermetic TO solution that is capable of handing 17 Gbit/s. But, the TO PLUS Line overcomes the normal limitations of a TO by combining innovative ideas that rely on glass and packaging design aspects.

Robert Hettler, Head of Research and Development Opto-Electronics at SCHOTT Electronic Packaging, said, that several of its customers are now testing its advanced TO PLUS Line of products to successfully achieve capacities of 17 Gbits/second.

Because TO PLUS Line products can have as many as 6 pins, including higher frequency and DC (electrical) ports, customers can package most of the necessary electronics into a regular TO footprint, instead of resorting to bulky and more complex hybrid packages. Along with these additional pins, TO PLUS Line products, from SCHOTT, feature excellent RF performance, in a standard footprint that is ideal for many contract manufacturers and is ready to serve tomorrow’s 17 G Fiber Channel applications.

“In 1969, the first message transmitted digitally over the Arpanet had three bytes and instantly crashed the network, ” said Rohit Bhosale, R&D Manager for SCHOTT Electronic Packaging in Singapore. “Today, the University of Minnesota estimates, 3,000-5,000 PetaBytes are being distributed over the internet every month.”

“The worldwide infrastructure needs to offer ever higher bandwidth and data transmission rates as demands continue to increase at an incredible pace, and SCHOTT seeks to achieve capacities for transmission that will meet these demands.”

First introduced in the 1950s, Transistor Outline (TO) has considerably evolved and continuously expanded its limits in terms of efficiency and application range. Hermetic TO packages made of glass- and/or ceramic-to-metal seals provide reliable long-term protection of sensitive electronic devices and thus ensure signal transmittance at certain points, even under most difficult environmental conditions.

As a business unit of SCHOTT, Electronic Packaging is a leading manufacturer of housings and other components for the reliable, long-term protection for sensitive electronics. The core technologies are glass-to-metal and ceramic-to-metal sealing, thermal sensing components as well as a variety of cutting edge specialty glass competences. With 1,500 employees at four production locations and several competence centers around the world, local customer support and co-developments for individual packaging solutions are at the heart of the business, serving the world’s leading manufacturers in the automotive, data- and telecommunication, sensors and semiconductors, consumer electronics, laser as well as security and tracking industries.


SCHOTT is a technology-driven, international group that sees its core purpose as the lasting improvement of living and working conditions through special materials and high-tech solutions. Its main areas of focus are defense, household appliance industry, pharmaceutical packaging, optics and opto-electronics, information technology, consumer electronics, lighting, automotive engineering and solar energy.

SCHOTT has a presence in close proximity to its customers through highly efficient production and sales companies in all of its major markets. The company has approximately 17,000 employees producing worldwide sales of approximately $3 billion. In North America, SCHOTT’s holding company SCHOTT Corporation and its subsidiary SCHOTT North America, Inc. and their affiliates employ about 2,500 people in 13 production operations with 4 sales offices.

The company’s technological and economic expertise is closely linked with its social and ecological responsibilities.
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