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Download the presentation (includes link to webinar recording)
Two sessions were held — August 31 and September 29, 2022
Video of demonstrator pluggable module assembled in Phase 1.
Statement of Work
- Statement of Work (Version 1.0; February 24, 2021)
- Project Statement (Version 1.0; February 24, 2021)
iNEMI is presently addressing the development of separable single-mode (SM) optical interface modules — including suitable photonic integrated circuits (PICs), connectors and assembly technologies — for data center applications, which demand higher efficiency and compact optical switches. This work is important to help ensure supply chain readiness.
Phase 1 of the project will:
- Demonstrate the principle and operation of the separable SM optical interface for transceiver modules.
- Identify key barriers and challenges in terms of design, materials and packaging and assembly approaches to high-volume manufacturability.
- Start developing recommendations to the supply chain for assembly of such optical modules.
- Assemble modules having a separable optical interface with optimized PICs and expanded-beam receptacles and connectors for more extensive performance evaluation.
- Demonstrate SM expanded-beam connectors for module-waveguide connections for PCB-embedded waveguide technology.
“Demonstration of a Single-Mode Expanded-Beam Connectorized Module for Photonic Integrated Circuits,” IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, 24 January 2023, pp 1-9.
Presentations & Papers
“Demonstration of a Single-Mode Expanded-Beam Connectorized Module for Photonic Integrated Circuits,” Kamil Gradkowski, Tyndall National Institute, European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC) 2022 (September 22, 2022; Basel, Switzerland)
Call-for-Participation Webinar Presentation (April 14, 2021)
Previous work in the iNEMI-IPSR Board-Level Optical Interconnect projects identified the need for assessment of the performance of prototypes of board-level interconnect systems based on SM fiber, expanded-beam optical coupling, and silicon photonics transceivers.