optical communications

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.

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

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.

Photonics components are being used in free-space optical communications to enable faster data transfer between satellites and ground stations. (Image: ESA)

A changing landscape in the space economy

Matthew Dale speaks with ESA to learn about the opportunities arising for photonics in the space sector

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