Leading semiconductor and nanotechnology researcher Imec ’s associated lab at Ghent University has joined the European Commission’s SPIRIT project, which is working on flexible optical networks where they going to develop innovative programmable photonic components, all integrated on a Si photonic platform. The components such as multi-level modulators, flexible wavelength multiplexers and de-multiplexers, and high-speed coherent receivers are going to be used in terabit capable software-defined networks for connecting long-distance networks.
Imec said its associated lab at Ghent University to develop high-speed low-power driver arrays for interfacing segmented multi-level modulators. In these IC designs, they will focus on the close integration and matching of the drivers with the corresponding InP modulator chips. The team to work on High-speed signal processing, mixed-signal electronic circuits, parasitic elements, interconnects and electro-optical component parameters.
Imec said its associated lab at Ghent University will also develop innovative integration technologies for optically and electrically interconnecting the InP, CMOS and silicon photonic components developed in the consortium.
Photonics integration usually involves accurate alignment and costly equipment. Therefore, the team will focus on technologies which will be alignment intolerant as much as possible, adds Imec.
SPIRIT consortium, headed by the National Technical University of Athens (GR), comprises Fraunhoffer-HHI (DE), IMEC (BE), AMO GmbH (DE), LINKRA S.r.l. (IT), Ericsson Telecomunicazioni (IT) and Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE A.E.) (GR).