EU project launched to develop intelligent photonics circuits

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An EU funded project has been launched for the development of intelligent circuits that will make photonics devices up to five times more efficient. The  three-year Thermally Integrated Smart Photonics Systems (TIPS) project, led by the Tyndall National Institute in Ireland, is funded under Horizon 2020’s call for Smart Integration Systems and will involve industry and research partners from Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands and France.  

With an anticipated 11.5 billion mobile-ready devices in the world by 2020 and the increasing connectivity of those devices through the Internet of Things, current operational bandwidth will be insufficient to cope with Europe’s ever-increasing data demands. Significantly more bandwidth is required to avoid bottle-necking Europe’s expanding digital economy.

The development of intelligent circuits will result in faster data transmission at a lower cost.

‘We will seek to develop an intelligent circuit that can thermally control its own operations, making it up to five times more efficient,’ Dr Kafil M Razeeb, senior research scientist at Tyndall National Institute and coordinator of the project, explained. ‘By precisely self-tuning its own temperature, 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 Ireland, CNRS Institutes (INL, ILM and IMN), Stokes Institute University of Limerick, LioniX BV, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs France, and Communicraft.

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