Pre-commercial prototypes and products

We are currently working on a number of product ideas and pre-commercial prototypes including an optical equalizer for short-reach optical interconnects and a family of high-voltage driving units for MEMS-based devices.
Optical equalizer: We are working on the development of an optical equalizer in the form of a photonic integrated circuit (PIC) as an add-on unit for optical transmitters in short-reach optical interconnects. The unit has the flexibility to operate in a broad range of symbol rates (up to 100 Gbaud) and to compensate for the bandwidth limitations of the transmission system. Multi-channel operation of the optical equalizer is also supported. Its design and system use are based on a patented concept of Optagon. The fabrication and packaging of the PIC for the first prototype of this unit were realized with the support of ACTPHAST4.0. System results in the lab have confirmed the validity of the concept and the design. Full scale characterization in real settings is expected till the end of 2020.
Current source and high-voltage driving unit: We are also working on the commercialization of a current source and a high-voltage driving unit with very large number of channels for PIC- and MEMS-based devices. Custom versions of these units with embedded software for the calibration and self-configuration of the devices will be also offered to serve specific applications and customer needs. As part of our work in the EU projects 3PEAT and TERAWAY, pre-commercial prototypes of these units are prepared for the driving of the piezoelectric elements that act as optical phase shifters on the silicon nitride platform of LioniX. In 3PEAT, the prototype will be used for the configuration of the optical phased array that will regulate the beam scanning process in a compact laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV). In TERAWAY, the corresponding prototype will be used for the system configuration of an optical beamforming network for Terahertz transceivers inside 5G systems.