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Optical Interconnects

Stress-free optical assembly

Cloud computing, on-demand entertainment and mobile connectivity are all driving exponential growth in data and pushing transfer speeds and densities beyond the functional limits of copper connection. As a result, the industry is exploring alternative solutions that can keep up with these increased demands.

To help our customers address this growing need, our team at Dow Consumer Solutions has developed a class of polymer waveguide silicones that promise to help enable development of optical interconnect with low loss and reduced power consumption.

Why silicones?

Polymer waveguides fabricated from conventional organic polymers can offer the potential for making optical assembly as straightforward and as low cost as today's electronics assembly, but they cannot withstand the stress of standard electronic fabrication processes.

Other key benefits of polymer waveguide silicones include:

  • Low loss of intensity
  • Easy processability
  • High-volume production
  • Durability