EXFO acquires 400G/800G test expert InOpticals

Sept. 9, 2020
Acquisition expands EXFO's test capabilities in the 400G/800G lab and manufacturing markets.

EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO) today announced its acquisition of InOpticals Inc., a technology specialist offering ultra-high-speed test instruments for the laboratory and manufacturing markets.

Based in Taiwan, InOpticals supplies sampling oscilloscopes, bit-error rate testers (BERTs) and other critical test instruments to manufacturers of optical transponders, components and network equipment. The company's product portfolio specifically addresses 400G/800G high-growth sectors such as silicon photonics-based transceivers, active and passive components, as well as integrated test systems for R&D and manufacturing use cases.

"EXFO has intensified its focus on the research, development and manufacturing market as demonstrated by strong growth in this segment in recent years," commented Germain Lamonde, EXFO's founder and Executive Chairman. "InOpticals brings to EXFO a remarkable product portfolio that is highly complementary and strategic. This synergistic acquisition will allow EXFO to leverage InOpticals' innovative test solutions across global sales channels and expand market share."

InOpticals' technology will now be combined with EXFO's advanced optical test offering, bolstered by its Yenista Optics acquisition in October 2017. This latest acquisition, which is expected to close by the end of October, will increase EXFO's global test and measurement addressable market by approximately US$150 million to more than US$1 billion. The amount of the transaction, mostly valued in EXFO shares, was not disclosed.

"We're excited to be joining EXFO, truly a global leader in optical testing," said Jones Huang, CEO of InOpticals. "Combining EXFO's global reach and market knowledge with our proven innovation capability will allow us to jointly have a more significant impact in this high-growth market."

The acquisition is subject to closing conditions by regulatory authorities.

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