Photonics project aims to make communications ICs five times more efficient

In a move to provide more communications bandwidth, Ireland based Tyndall National Institute will lead a consortium of European researchers in an EU funded project to develop intelligent circuits which can make photonic devices up to five times more efficient. The result, says the institute, will be faster data transmission at a lower cost.

The three year €5.2million Thermally Integrated Smart Photonics Systems (TIPS) project, funded under Horizon 2020's call for Smart Integration Systems, will involve industry and research partners from Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands and France.

Dr Kafil Razeeb, senior research scientist at Tyndall National Institute and project coordinator, noted: "We will seek to develop an intelligent circuit that can control its own operations thermally, making it up to five times more efficient. By self tuning its own temperature precisely, the device can produce a more precise wavelength, meaning faster data transmission at a lower cost."

Tyndall National Institute will work with partners from III-V Lab, University of Hamburg, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, CNRS, University of Limerick, LioniX BV, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs and Communicraft.