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Data Centre
Interconnects (DCI)

Maximising the accessibility and scalability of Data Centre Interconnects

As data centres expand, typically new and larger data centres are built next to the existing ones. The old and new data centres must be interconnected with extremely fast links carrying huge amounts of data (think PetaBytes) so that they work as one. This interconnectivity between separate data centres is essential so they can operate together, share resources and/or pass workloads between one another. In many modern data centres, the length of the interconnects is getting very long indeed. Typically, inside the data centre, interconnect links are between 200 metres to 2 kilometres. But if you’re trying to connect to adjacent data centres, links of 10+ kilometres are common. We’ve seen interconnects of 80 or 100 kilometres being needed when buildings are on the other side of a campus. The challenge is that extremely fast links over these

 

longer distances don’t work efficiently with existing technologies. By understanding what these customers need at what cost, you can design a system that can deliver. Today, with these long interconnect distances, it’s no longer sufficient to have a solution that integrates just some parts of a system. For this reason, EFFECT Photonics has deliberately taken a holistic approach to these very complex technologies. We’ve focused on understanding the interdependence of system components. Our approach now is to make “systems on photonics chips”, fully harnessing the speed of light and combining highly optimised packaging with cost-effective electronics. We’ve built a high-volume capability platform from the start.

 

Connect with our expertise and solve the data centre interconnect challenges.

Datacentres need to
double their capacity
each year
to cope with the
global need for speed

Data centres today are scaling up to meet the demand for higher bandwidths. EFFECT Photonics’ integrated photonic optical transceivers overcome this challenge by creating more energy-efficient products that still provide high transfer speeds.

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Centre Interconnects (DCI)

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Emil
Kleijn

Chip Engineering Manager
Dutch

“We grew together with EFFECT Photonics, I started as an engineer and I got promoted to engineering manager of a group of 12 people”

What is the most interesting aspect of working at EFFECT Photonics? And what about your job specifically?

My motivation to come to EFFECT Photonics was to shift from an academic to a business environment. At a company you can focus as a team on a single objective. Instead of being scattered over multiple research areas, all people at EFFECT Photonics focus on a single project and goal. Coming from a PhD where I was the only Dutch candidate, managing a multi-cultural team is no big change for me. I do operate from a Dutch perspective, my team gets the impression that Dutch companies are fairly flat. Although there is a formal management hierarchy, the work environment is very open and friendly. I try to be as approachable as possible. Decisions are the result of discussions with the team and weighing that against other business requirements. As a manager, I can lean on a strong technical background to be able to make correct decisions and guide the team to the best approaches. As my team is quite big, members are expected to be quite independent. This creates a lot of independence within people’s roles.

What advice would you give to someone who is planning to apply at EFFECT Photonics?

What me and my team do, is central to the company. It is a nice position to be in. It means we have a lot of interaction and dependency. Because of this central role, expectations are high and there is pressure to get good results. We deal with this by working very precisely and thoroughly preparing any designs we send out for manufacture. I feel that there is a very solution-focused environment here at EFFECT Photonics, where taking initiative is rewarded. I’d say join us if you want to be a part of a team developing high-tech solutions for the telecommunications industry.

Describe in 3 words what your job is all about.

Challenges, learning, advancement

I joined EFFECT Photonics during its early beginnings in 2014. I had just finished my PhD and was looking for work. I knew the co-founders of the company via the Technical University of Eindhoven and I was able to help them out with some odd jobs here and there. My role initially was very undefined as the company was in its early stages. When the company got its first round of funding, I was brought on for a full-time position. I really grew with the company, initially as an engineer and then I became an engineering manager, where I came to lead an ever-expanding team. I still love the engineering work itself, but managing a team of people is also very rewarding. EFFECT Photonics is a very high-tech environment, there is always a lot of cool stuff going on. Few companies do what we are doing. We are really trying to bring about lower cost solutions, which does come with engineering challenges. We have a very skilled and talented team, and I have full confidence that we will solve these challenges.

What is your biggest highlight of working here so far?

I think for me it is seeing the level of commitment from the team. Every one is prepared to go the extra mile in order to get good results. Additionally, there is a lot of excitement here, there is a buzz when you get new results. The wafer has only been in the office for an hour and you already get messages from colleagues eagerly waiting for the results. It’s this buzz that is a real highlight for me.