Published August 26, 2016
Volume 25, Number 8

Group Specializes in Photonics Products for Telecom, Data Centers

Jabil AOC, a subsidiary of Jabil Circuit, has moved its Bay Area office to 5960 Inglewood Drive in Hacienda. The company, which specializes in optical switching devices used in telecommunications and data centers, occupied the new 10,500 square foot space on August 1.
Jabil was founded in 1966 by James Golden and Bill Morean, who combined their first names to form that of their business. In its early years, the company manufactured printed circuit boards for a variety of companies, including Dell. Now, Jabil is the world’s third largest electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company, with more than 20 million square feet of manufacturing facilities at over 60 sites in 28 countries on four continents, 190,000-plus employees worldwide, and $17.8 billion in revenue in 2015.
AOC Technologies was founded in the Tri-Valley in 1999 and was acquired by Jabil in March, 2015. The subsidiary employs over 500 worldwide, with additional offices in Ottawa and 200,000 square feet of manufacturing space in Wuhan, China.
“We currently have 17 employees in Pleasanton but we anticipate that will grow to over 40,” says Neil Santos, vice president of Sales for Jabil AOC. “Our primary areas of focus here are R&D and sales.”
Jabil AOC’s specialty is photonics, a field which works to use light — photons — in applications where electrons had been used previously. An example is the current evolution of our telecommunications and data network infrastructure to fiber optics instead of copper wire. As that occurs, companies will need a host of devices to build out the fiber optic network, and Jabil AOC will be there making it happen.
“Our Pleasanton facility caters to photonics product and process development for optical engine transmission used in telecom and data centers,” says Santos. “Jabil AOC provides OEM customers (Original Equipment Manufacturers whose brand names identify their products) with end-to-end design, manufacturing, and test solutions across a full line of discrete optical components, complex optical modules, and fiber based boards to support 10G, 40G and 100G networks.”
OEMs realize a number of benefits from working with Jabil AOC. For example, the company provides end-to-end solutions including optical, electronic, mechanical, firmware and testing capabilities from design through new product introduction to manufacturing. Working with Jabil AOC also provides OEMs with a single point of accountability for manufacturing and supply chain risk mitigation.
Jabil common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol, JBL. Additional information is available on Jabil's website at jabil.com.


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