optical communications

The space sector offers numerous oppurtunities for photonics technologies in the development and offering of satellite-based services. (Image: Shutterstock/Dima Zel)

Looking skyward: Photonics opportunities in space

The ongoing commercialisation of the space sector is creating numerous opportunities for photonics technologies, Matthew Dale learns

PureLiFi has launched a LiFi system for the home. LiFi at Home has a downlighter that fits into standard GU10 lightbulb fittings. Credit: PureLiFi

LiFi comes to life

Laser-based technology and sophisticated modulation schemes could help deliver on future demands for high data volumes, finds Andy Extance

pureLiFi CEO Alistair Banham with Jimmy Williamson, executive director at the Scottish National Investment Bank. (Image: pureLifi)

pureLiFi secures £10m to rollout LiFi on global scale

The investment will enable pureLiFi to further develop new technologies while opening up additional markets in areas such as mobile phones, tablets and wearables

Semiconductor packaging: from concept to commercialisation

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Semiconductor packaging encases integrated circuits in a protective form factor to fit into a device, allowing the chip to be connected to the circuit board. It is an essential part of semiconductor design and manufacture, yet moving from concept to full-scale packaging presents a number of challenges. Whether you’re a photonics start-up with a great idea or an established company looking to prototype a new design, this white paper outlines the challenges faced from semiconductor package design and prototyping, through process development and optimisation to ensure that your device can be manufactured with the desired throughput and quality.

Optical communications can be used to dramtically ramp up the speed of data transfer between satellites and ground stations. (Image: Northrup Grumman)

Satellite optical communications news roundup

Sony establishes new firm, Mitsubishi Electric develops optical receiver, successful intersatellite optical communication test carried out.

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