Phononic Announces General Availability of Non-Hermetic Thermoelectric Cooler

August 1, 2019

February 28, 2019 –

ReefTEC™, the ground-breaking non-hermetic TEC platform, was also recognized by Lightwave’s Innovation Reviews program as a top product and solution for optical networking equipment

Phononic, the global leader delivering disruptive and sustainable solid state thermal management solutions today announced general availability of ReefTEC™, its proprietary Non-Hermetic Compatible Thermoelectric Cooler (TEC) Platform. Uniquely designed for the demanding and ever-changing thermal needs of optical communications equipment, Phononic’s unprecedented non-hermetic TEC platform has also been recognized as an honoree in the 2019 Lightwave Innovation Reviews program. Phononic will be presented this award at the Optical Networking and Communication (OFC) Conference on March 4 in San Diego.

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Phononic’s Non-Hermetic Compatible Thermoelectric Cooler Platform is re-engineered from the ground up to provide high reliability and best-in-class cooling performance for non-hermetic laser packaging. Building upon Phononic’s unique expertise in cooling optoelectronic components, this advancement brings to market a high-quality solution that dramatically improves survivability in the most challenging non-hermetic environments relative to traditional TECs – while still reducing overall TEC and TOSA power consumption.

“The optical communications market is facing intense pressure to reduce package and product costs, while still keeping pace with increasing network speeds required by 5G and modern data center applications,” said Alex Guichard, Director of Product Marketing, Optoelectronics at Phononic. “We are thrilled to announce general availability for this TEC platform, and in tandem, have this technology recognized by Lightwave. This further validates our mission to provide to the optical communications market a non-hermetic solution that offers dramatically improved robustness in non-hermetic environments without sacrificing performance.”

Phononic developed this platform throughout 2018 while working in partnership with leading optical components manufacturers on their cooled, non-hermetic transmitter optical subassembly (TOSA) development programs. “The feedback we consistently received from our partners was our TEC had to be resilient to environmental challenges that could arise for a cooled laser operating in a non-hermetic environment,” said Kevin Granucci, Phononic’s VP/GM of Optoelectronics. “This platform surpasses those expectations. Today’s general availability announcement is emblematic of our confidence in the vetting we have conducted with our partners.”

“Cooled, non-hermetic laser packages represent a vast opportunity to fundamentally change the trade-offs between cost and performance in optical transceivers,” said Vladimir Kozlov, founder and CEO of LightCounting. “Packaging technologies like chip-on-board and photonic integration will achieve unprecedented cost per bit for next-generation optical components.”

Presented annually by Lightwave, the Lightwave Innovation Reviews program distinguishes top products and solutions available within the optical networking industry as determined by a stellar panel of third-party judges. Judges include industry executives and analysts from a wide variety of service providers, technology developers, industry analysts and journalists. The Innovation Reviews are judged based on the following six criteria: originality, innovation, positive impact on the customer, how well it addresses a new or existing requirement, novelty of approach and cost-effectiveness.

“The 4.0 score Phononic’s Non-Hermetic Thermoelectric Cooler achieved indicates how well the product can meet customer needs,” said Stephen Hardy, editorial director of Lightwave and program director of the 2019 Lightwave Innovation Reviews. “Our judges cited the cooler’s performance and power-saving features in their ratings.”

Visit Phononic at OFC, March 4-7 at booth #2041 for a live demonstration of the ReefTEC™ platform and to discuss how it enables new laser packaging approaches. To learn more about Phononic’s other differentiated thermoelectric cooling solutions, visit:

About Phononic

Phononic is reimagining cooling and heating in ways never thought possible. Its breakthrough technology is transforming industries and creating new markets with innovative solid state solutions that disrupt traditional models and ways of working. Using less energy, less ozone-depleting chemicals, less noise and space, Phononic’s Thermal Engine and integrated system design allow designers, engineers and industry leaders to reinvent and explore what’s possible. Phononic is the critical element of innovation needed to radically change what it means to be efficient, effective and sustainable. Rethink what has been designed to keep things cool and hot.

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About Lightwave

For more than 30 years, Lightwave ( has delivered trusted technical, application and business insights to senior-level decision makers for optical communications worldwide. Lightwave serves technology vendors, communications carriers and major enterprises with a complete and nuanced picture of the optical communications business environment. Lightwave is a valued information source for information related to FTTx, networking, equipment design, MSO optics, and test and measurement for corporate executives, department heads, project managers, network engineers and others making strategic decisions that are critical to the success of their businesses. Lightwave is a unit of PennWell Corporation.

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