WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                     PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

          Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) October 9, 2003

                               EMCORE CORPORATION

               (Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)

        New Jersey                   0-22175                  22-2746503
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     State or other               (Commission               (IRS Employer
     jurisdiction of              File Number)              Identification No.)

145 Belmont Drive, Somerset, New Jersey                              08873
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 (Address of principal offices)                                    (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number including area code     (732) 271-9090

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report) NOT APPLICABLE


On October 9, 2003, EMCORE Corporation issued the Press Release annexed hereto
as Exhibit 99.1.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

                                       EMCORE CORPORATION

                                       By:  /s/ Thomas G. Werthan
                                            Thomas G. Werthan
                                            Chief Financial Officer
Dated:  October 9, 2003

EMCORE Corporation Acquires Molex Incorporated's 10 Gigabit Ethernet Transceiver

EMCORE Expands its Product Portfolio of 10 Gigabit Transceivers for Legacy Fiber

SOMERSET,  N.J., October 9, 2003 - EMCORE Corporation (Nasdaq:  EMKR), a leading
provider of  semiconductor  technologies  for global  communications,  announced
today  that it has  acquired  Molex  Incorporated's  10 Gigabit  (10G)  Ethernet
transceiver business.

The transaction includes assets, products,  technology and intellectual property
related to Molex's 10G Ethernet transceiver business, which is primarily focused
on Xenpak  and X2 form  factor  products,  and is  currently  located in Downers
Grove, Illinois. As part of the agreement, approximately 17 Molex employees will
join EMCORE.  The business will become a part of EMCORE's Fiber Optics  division
and will  initially  continue to operate in a portion of Molex's  Downers  Grove
facility to be leased by EMCORE.

The 10G Ethernet  market is expected to expand  significantly  in the near term.
Tom Hausken,  Director of Optical Components at Strategies  Unlimited,  a market
research firm,  expects the market for 10G transceivers  operating at 1310 nm to
grow 66% per year, to over $380 million by 2007. According to Dr. Hausken, "Most
of these  transceivers  will be installed  into shorter  links,  where  Emcore's
products are used, rather than the long haul links we often hear about."

"We are very excited  about this  acquisition  and the growth  opportunities  it
creates for our Company,"  said Reuben F.  Richards,  Jr.,  President and CEO of
EMCORE  Corporation.  "We  believe  that  this  acquisition  puts  Emcore at the
forefront  of  transceiver  technology  for 10  Gigabit  Ethernet.  Molex's  10G
Ethernet  transceiver  product  complements  EMCORE's internal  capabilities and
strategy  for growing its fiber optics  business and gives EMCORE a  significant
competitive  advantage  and the most complete 10G Ethernet  transceiver  product

"We are  pleased  to have  completed  the sale of our 10G  Ethernet  transceiver
business as planned,"  said Michael  Nauman,  President of Molex's  Fiber Optics
Division.  "We are  impressed  with  Emcore's  expertise  and  commitment in the
growing 10G Ethernet  space and chose to sell the business to them  accordingly.
Our  10G  Ethernet  team  looks  forward  to  joining  Emcore  and  to  smoothly
transitioning  the product  line to the market.  We believe the  business is now
well poised for success with the Emcore team."

EMCORE  management will discuss the acquisition  further in conjunction with the
Company's fiscal 2003 results to be released after market on Wednesday, November
12, 2003, and a conference  call scheduled the following  morning,  November 13,
2003 at 9:00 a.m. eastern time.

About EMCORE Corporation:

EMCORE Corporation offers a broad portfolio of compound  semiconductor  products
for the broadband, wireless communications and solid state lighting markets. The
Company's  integrated solutions philosophy embodies state of the art technology,
material  science  expertise  and a shared  vision of our  customer's  goals and
objectives  to be leaders and pioneers in the rapidly  growing world of compound
semiconductors.  EMCORE's solutions  include:  optical components for high speed
data and  telecommunications;  solar cells for global satellite  communications;
electronic  materials  for  wireless  telephones;  MOCVD tools for the growth of
GaAs, AlGaAs, InP, InGaP, InGaAlP, InGaAsP, GaN, InGaN, AlGaN, and SiC epitaxial
materials used in numerous  applications,  including data and telecommunications
modules, cellular telephones,  solar cells and high brightness LEDs. For further
information about EMCORE, visit

The information  provided herein may include  forward-looking  statements within
the meaning of Section 27A of the  Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 relating to future events that involve risks and
uncertainties.  Words  such as  "expects,"  "anticipates,"  "intends,"  "plans,"
"believes,"  and   "estimates,"  and  variations  of  these  words  and  similar
expressions, identify these forward-looking statements. Actual operating results
may differ  materially from such  forward-looking  statements and are subject to
certain risks, including risks arising

from: difficulties  encountered in integrating Molex's operations,  the benefits
expected  to be  received  by EMCORE  and its  customers  from the  acquisition,
cancellations,  rescheduling  or  delays  in  product  shipments;  manufacturing
capacity constraints;  lengthy sales and qualification  cycles;  difficulties in
the production  process;  changes in semiconductor  industry  growth,  increased
competition,  delays in developing and commercializing  new products,  and other
factors   described  in  EMCORE's  filings  with  the  Securities  and  Exchange
Commission.  The forward-looking  statements  contained in this news release are
made as of the date hereof and EMCORE does not assume any  obligation  to update
the reasons why actual results could differ  materially  from those projected in
the forward-looking statements.