Gemfire Corporation is one of the world's leading Planar Lightwave Circuit (PLC) companies. Founded in 1995, Gemfire specializes in applying planar semi-conductor-type processing technology to create an innovative family of high-performance components and modules for Optical Networking applications. Currently, the company has its primary operation in Livingston, Scotland (near Edinburgh), as well as support operations in California.
The Gemfire PhotonIC™ optical circuit technology comprises a suite of materials, processing techniques and packaging methods that enable the integration of multiple optical functions on a single device. These capabilities result in a fundamental shift in the way that fiber optic components are manufactured. This large-scale, highly-integrated, planar processing capability enables higher functionality and performance, along with the ability to scale production as in the semiconductor industry.
This integrated planar optics approach distinguishes Gemfire's products from traditional manual-assembly optical component manufacturers. The explosive growth of video over the Internet, and the ever-increasing reliance by companies and government agencies on high-speed global communication networks for voice and data, creates a surge in demand for optical data transport. Gemfire's approach is the best way to feed this growing demand for high-performance optical components.