High Speed, Cost-Effective Optical Communications Module Technologies Enabling the Next Generation of Ethernet 400GbE
EFFECT Photonics proudly lead RocketChip, a big European project in the Optical Communications field supported by the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot’s SME Instrument. The project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 756049.
The RocketChip project is about developing optical communications module technologies for optical fibre transmission by using Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC’s) in a most advanced way, enabling:
• Faster technology
• Longer distances
• High yield and low cost
Global Internet traffic is continuing to expand at an unprecedented rate, driven by mobile communications, and the transition to ‘Cloud’ services. As commercial and domestic consumers, we rely on the Global Ethernet Industry (GEI) to meet our increasing and unrelenting demands for bandwidth. Current technologies simply cannot meet this demand. The industry has identified the next generation of network technology to be 400 Gigabit per second Ethernet (GbE); there is an urgent need for a cost-effective solution, offering faster network speeds.
As we transition from the 4th generation of telecoms infrastructure into the 5th (5G), a trend towards densification and cloudification is observed in the telecoms market. As capacity demand increases with the transition to 5G, digital optics need to move out towards the edges of the network, driven by the need to centralize compute power. Hence, optical transceivers that used to be aimed at inter-datacentre communication will now also be used to feed the edges of the (telecoms)-network. The convergence between data- and telecoms-networks is an excellent example of how technology from one domain can be successfully applied in another if the cost fits the application. RocketChip explores this range of exploitation opportunities.
Interested to find out how RocketChip will help up in various fields? Contact EFFECT Photonics today!