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Gemfire  Acquired by Kaiam (2013  amount undisclosed )

2570 N. 1st Street #440
San Jose, CA 95131
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Outside board: (May no longer be on the board) William H. Davidow (Mohr, Davidow Ventures) Jeff Kalk (California Micro Devices);  Floyd Kvamme (Kleiner Perkins)
Former outside board: Ray Conley (Palo Alto Investors Partner)

Business description: Gemfire Corporation combines an entrepreneurial atmosphere with an extensive technology base. Founded in 1995, Gemfire specializes in applying planar semi-conductor-type processing technology to create optical solutions for system integrators, through an innovative new family of high-performance telecom and specialty components. Currently, the company has primary operations in Livingston, Scotland (near Edinburgh), as well as aerospace support operations (and additional telecom manufacturing capabilities) in Fremont, California. The Gemfire PhotonICâ„¢ 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.
Partners include: KodakLG Electronics

Rounds: 5
Recent Fundings: Sep 2007   Feb 2001
Capital raised: 122.0M
Last Round: 37.0M
Ownership: Acquired by Kaiam (2013  amount undisclosed )
VCs include: Dali, Hook PartnersKleiner PerkinsMohr, Davidow VenturesSpring Creek Partners;  Aperture;  Centaurus Capital ;  Uberior Equity ;  Loudwater Partners
Corporate investors: Cisco SystemsFinisarIntel CapitalRicohStanford University;  TriQuent Semiconductor;  MicrovisionCorningLG ElectronicsKodak

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Record updated: Dec 2016
Sector: Communications
Year Founded: 1995
Headcount: 101-150 as of Sep 2007
Rounds: 5
Recent Fundings: Sep 2007   Feb 2001
Capital Raised: 122.0M
Last Round: 37.0M
Ownership: Acquired by Kaiam (2013  amount undisclosed )