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EFFECT Photonics launches its new NarroWave – enabled tunable SFP+ modules


EFFECT Photonics launches its new NarroWave – enabled tunable SFP+ modules

EINDHOVEN – MARCH 6, 2020. EFFECT Photonics announces the 2020 planned market launch of its new NarroWave – enabled SFP+ modules for plug-and-play remote commissioning and control of telecoms networks. Not only will the tunable transceivers allow customers to commission an entire telecoms network from the central office and monitor critical parameters in the field, but they will do so with no loss in data capacity of the 10G SFP+ Transceivers . Additionally, no hardware upgrades for customers are required.

Dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) has proved itself indispensable when it comes to adding capacity to existing networks. Tunability increases that flexibility and simplicity of use even further and reduces operating costs. EFFECT Photonics’ SFP+ transceivers combine tunable DWDM capability in a photonics System-on-Chip integration, a unique combination that simplifies production and testing, and results in enhanced optical transmission and low-energy consumption.

As Director of Product Line Management Joost Verberk explains, “With all the optical components on a single die, you don’t lose any light as you would in with lasers, mirrors and prism connected through air (free space optics). This is a big advantage because generating the laser light requires energy. Our chips transmit light with high efficiency, or low-energy consumption. Basically, we get a lot of light out of the modulefor the electrons we put in.” That means tunable DWDM capability in a photonics System-on-Chip integration creates further reductions in operating costs and enhanced functionality, as well as performance relative to fixed-wavelength systems built in manual processes from individual components.

Additionally, EFFECT Photonics has created NarroWave technology that can be enabled on all EFFECT tunable SFP+ modules. Now customers will be able to remotely monitor and control their added capacity without diminishing it. According to Verberk, “NarroWave is a means for two of our SFP+ transceiver modules to talk to one another without interfering with our customers’ data channel by essentially creating an auxiliary channel between the two modules. You just plug it in. It can then be tuned manually from the central office or, with an ‘auto-tune’ feature, it can automatically find its way into the network and connect.”

Very few companies produce DWDM SPF+ modules, even fewer produce tunable ones, and EFFECT Photonics is the only one in Europe to do so. In that narrow field, EFFECT Photonics is already establishing itself as an important competitive option for telecoms providers. As the only company in the world that offers remote control and monitoring of System-on-Chip tunable SFP+ modules without loss of data capacity, EFFECT Photonics intends to lead the pack in the global 5G rollout and beyond, interconnecting humanity through fast, affordable, accessible, integrated communication technologies.

About EFFECT Photonics

Founded in 2010, EFFECT Photonics delivers highly integrated optical communications products based on its Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) optical System-on-Chip technology. The key enabling technology for DWDM systems is full monolithic integration of all photonic components within a single chip and being able to produce these in volume with high yield at low cost. With this capability, EFFECT Photonics is addressing the need for low cost DWDM solutions driven by the soaring demand for high bandwidth connections between datacenters and back from mobile cell towers. Headquartered in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, with additional R&D and manufacturing in South West UK, with sales partners worldwide.

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Chip Engineering Manager

“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.