Reflex Photonics has announced a collaboration with Professor Michaël Ménard of Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) to build on the technological advantages of silicon photonics for optical transceivers. Reflex Photonics and UQAM have signed a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Engage research agreement, a short-term research and development collaboration in which universities apply their expertise to address a company challenge, to explore the use of silicon photonics in its next generation of rugged embedded transceivers.
Silicon photonics technology takes advantage of the manufacturing processes developed by the microelectronic industry to achieve complex high-performance integrated optical systems. The technology enables innovative embedded transceiver solutions where the optical inputs/outputs (I/O) are implemented at the chip level using integrated silicon optical devices/circuits and micro-optics. Silicon photonics also permits the design of optical interconnects transceivers with a small form-factor and low power consumption. However, the implementation of silicon photonic devices brings new challenges, notably with regards to its integration with light sources and the optical fibers. Reflex Photonics wants to explore potential rugged transceiver solutions compatible with its target space and industrial applications and assess the commercial viability of the technology.