AOI Increases Capital Investment to Expand Manufacturing Capacity for Data Center Products
Capacity Expansion for 10G and 40G Products for Web 2.0 Customers
SUGAR LAND, TX, Feb. 13, 2014 - Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (Nasdaq:AAOI), a leading provider of fiber-optic access network products for the cable broadband, internet data center, and fiber-to-the-home markets, today announced that it is expanding manufacturing capacity to address strong demand for its data center transceiver products.
"Given the robust demand for our 10G and 40G data center transceiver products, we are accelerating our capital spending plans," said James L. Dunn, AOI's CFO. "We had planned to invest a total of $2.0 million for data center production expansion in calendar 2014. However, we now expect to deploy nearly that entire amount in the first half of 2014 with further investment anticipated in the second half of 2014. In addition to equipment expansion, in January, we added a third production shift in Taiwan and a second shift in Houston to bolster laser production."
Global trends such as the move to cloud computing and the growing number of mobile devices are straining data centers globally as the need for bandwidth increases. As a result, content providers are upgrading their data centers from 1G copper connections to 10G and 40G optical connections. In November 2013, AOI announced the release of its new short-reach and long-reach 40G transceivers, ahead of original launch dates. An expanded transceiver product line at varied data rates and distances allows AOI to offer the comprehensive solutions increasingly demanded by today's Web 2.0 datacenter operators while fully leveraging its laser manufacturing capabilities.
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About Applied Optoelectronics
Applied Optoelectronics Inc. (AOI) is a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced optical products, including components, modules, and equipment. AOI's products are the building blocks for broadband fiber access networks around the world, where they are used in the CATV broadband, internet datacenter, and fiber-to-the-home markets. AOI supplies optical networking lasers, components and equipment to tier-1 customers in all three of these markets. In addition to its corporate headquarters, wafer fab and advanced engineering and production facilities in Sugar Land, TX, AOI has engineering and manufacturing facilities in Taipei, Taiwan and Ningbo, China. For additional information, visit www.ao-inc.com.
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