About Us

The Idea.

Conjunct is the brain child of Keith Symington who obtained his PhD at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He became aware that most transceivers were not optimised in terms of size, cost, simplicity and in 2004 formed his first idea of a transceiver ‘module’ which would comprise a glass substrate into which would be ‘encapsulated’ optical lenses. The optical transmit and receive devices (VCSELs and PDs) together with their attendant drivers would be clustered round these encapsulated lenses thus minimising coupling lines and making high integrity data rate transmissions possible. Further, these highly specified transceiver modules would be mounted on glass wafers making the product essentially one which could use low cost wafer processing techniques in production. So a low cost, compact, high performance transceiver module was born! The product is Fibre-Lyte, today’s smallest transceiver module.

During the ensuing few years, the concept evolved and, today, Fibre-Lyte is now available at speeds of 28 G with excellent performance. Fibre-Lyte does not use any wire-bonding processes which can limit RF performance and increase cross talk. Processes were developed and perfected which subsequently allowed low cost waveguide lenses and thin film metallisation to be used in the wafer processing. Extensive modelling software was used to simulate the RF performance of the metallised interconnections and full details of the simulations can be found in full product performance.

The evolved , mature product is very flexible and has many applications within the field of data-communications and telecommunications. Yes, in addition to multi-mode designs, there are designs for single mode operation.

Use Fibre-Lyte in your transceiver, in your data storage/HPC system, in your AOC and benefit from the cost and technical performance it brings.

The Team.

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Following a long career in management in the Electronics Industry in the UK and USA which included President of the Gould Corporation (NYSE) in Chicago and Chairman of Bookham Inc (NASDAQ) David has chaired several technology companies spun out from Scottish Universities.

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During a period of serial entrepreneurship John founded Lattice Logic to commercialise silicon compiler technology, European Silicon structures , a fast turn round custom chip manufacturer and finally Algotronix to commercialise programmable logic technology which was acquired by Xylinx. John is a visiting professor at Edinburgh University.

Ken spent many years in senior positions in the microwave and space industries before appointments as CEO of Trak Communications, based in Tampa, USA and as COO of Mitec Telecommunications, based in Montreal, Canada, both companies significant global players. Since 2013 Ken was a non-executive director at Albacom, a Dundee based supplier of high power microwave amplifiers and microwave sub-systems.

George is a Chartered Global Management Accountant and spent 20 years as Financial Director of Albacom , a Dundee based supplier of high power microwave amplifiers. George sits on the Board of Dundee & Angus College and is engaged in several other areas of financial consultancy work.

Dr Symington is a computer and optoelectronic systems professional with a particular interest in the research, development and commercialisation of new technologies. He founded Conjunct in 2004 to productise technology from Heriot-Watt University. Keith has been the innovative technical drive behind the concept and development of Conjunct’s Fibre-Lyte. He has 15 years of experience in the field of optical interconnection in which he received his PhD. His work focusses on the integration of optoelectronic components and identifying the areas in which they could be applied to advance existing electronic technologies.

 

Why Livingston?

Livingston is in Scotland’s central belt and boasts the home of many major players in the global electronics marketplace.

Approximately 200 companies address their national and international markets from this very attractive and vibrant part of Europe. Conjunct can be reached from either Glasgow or Edinburgh airports which, in turn, are particularly well connected to Europe by both budget and national airlines. The train network also allows Conjunct to be reached by rail from most points within Europe with fast connecting service from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow where feeder trains serve Livingston.

If you come to visit us by train we will arrange to collect you. Please note that there are 2 train stations in Livingston (North and South) so please let us know which station you are using.

Conjunct is only 10 minutes away by car from the main east-west motorway, M8, which links Edinburgh to Glasgow.