NASA acknowledges EFFECT Photonics’ PIC as a State-of-Art commercial example

NASA acknowledges EFFECT Photonics’ PIC as a State-of-Art commercial example

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory lists EFFECT Photonics and its powerful monolithically integrated PIC (Photonic Integrated Circuit) DWDM optical transceiver chip, as an example of State-of-Art commercial PIC. Packaging PIC’s for space applications remains a challenge. EFFECT Photonics has specially developed non-hermetic packaging solution, which can be used to replace traditional ”gold-box” packaging solutions. According to NASA optical communications is the future of space communications and the driving force is the requirement for more bandwidth, which is available only using optical solutions such as free-space laser links in both inter-satellite and satellite-to-ground communications.

EFFECT Photonics’ System-on-Chip (SoC)

EFFECT Photonics is the first company in the world to introduce a full optical SoC – combining all the optical elements needed for optical networking onto a single die.

One key application of EFFECT Photonics’ SoC technology is within dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM), and this is regarded as an important innovation in optical networks. DWDM is scalable, transparent and enables provision of high-bandwidth services. It is the technology of choice for many networking applications today. By using many different wavelengths of light to route data, these systems are more efficient, flexible, and cost-effective to build, own and operate compared to single-channel, point-to-point links. Thanks to our high-density electrical interconnect and packaging technology, the optical system-on-a-chip can be assembled for volume manufacture at low cost.

As the channel count increases, the physical space in which the equipment is housed gets larger and the power consumption increases as well. The key enablers for DWDM systems at the edge of the network are photonic integration of components within a single chip; and the ability to produce these in volume with high yield at low cost. This requires a change in the way indium phosphide (InP) chips are designed, tested, and packaged, which is where EFFECT Photonics comes in.

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– About EFFECT Photonics –

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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