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Photonic integration becomes a reality

Silicon photonics uses silicon as a miniaturized optical medium for transmitting and switching data at very high speeds. In the recently concluded IRIS project, we demonstrated the full potential of silicon photonics technology, integrating in a silicon chip only a few millimeters large thousands of complex nanoscale optical circuits that are able to process Terabit/s of data, as well as the relevant control electronic circuits.

This is a world record – never before have so many optical circuits been integrated together with their electrical control circuits on the same 3D chip.

What is more, they can be mass produced at low cost and with high miniaturization, unleashing a range of new optical devices for 5G networks, data centers and optical transport networks. The project results exceeded expectations and the integrated switch device performed better than the specifications defined in the early phase of the project. Learn more here!

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