Company Profile

SDL Inc (AKA: Spectra Diode Laboratories Inc)
Profile last edited on: 12/15/2023      CAGE: 2AAN7      UEI: ----------

Business Identifier: Semiconductor lasers, fiber optic related products and optoelectronic systems meeting the needs of telecommunications, cable television and satellite communications applications
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Inactive (Acquired)
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Location Information

80 Rose Orchard Way
San Jose, CA 95134
   (408) 943-9411
Location: Multiple
Congr. District: 17
County: Santa Clara

Public Profile

In July 2000, SDL merged with JDS Uniphase Corporation in a stock deal valued at a reported $41 billion. Transaction was finalized in 2001. After the period of lockout, the actual realized value was $17-18B - still far and away, however, the highest price paid for and SBIR involved firm. SDL itself had previously acquired several other firms to include Photonic Integration Research, Queensgate Instruments and VeriTech Microwave and Seastar Optics. By the time of merger, SDL had grown to employ almost 2000 people. At the time, SDL's products powered the transmission of data, voice, video and Internet information over fiber optic networks to meet the needs of telecommunications, cable television and satellite communications applications. These products were focused to meeting the broaening bandwidth needs of the then rapidly increasing Internet, data, video and voice traffic by expanding their fiber optic communications networks much more quickly and efficiently than would be possible using conventional electronic and optical technologies. SDL's optical products also served a variety of non-communications applications, including materials processing and printing. Following the merger, the Founding President of SDL, Don Scifres became Co-chairman of the Board of JDS Uniphase Corporation, and Chief Strategy Officer, in charge of Mergers and Acquisitions - positions he held until February 2003 until he left the firm to establish SDL Ventures.

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Synopsis: Awardee Business Condition

Employee Range
Revenue Range
Over 50M
VC funded?
Publicly Traded
Stock Info
IP Holdings

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Key People / Management

  Scott DeMars

  Ken Dzurko

  John Endriz

  Randall S Geels

  William J Gignac

  Derek Ham

  Hsing Kung

  Robert J Lang

  Gregory C Lindholm

  Jo S Major Jr

  Dave Mehuys

  John P Melton

  Dave Mundinger

  Derek Nam

  Bardia Pezeshki

  William E Plano

  Richard Sam

  Steven Sanders

  Alexander Schoenfelder

  Jean-Marc Verdiell