Wednesday, July 7, 2010

ADVA Joins C3PO Project Developing Next Gen Optical Components

ADVA Optical announced its participation in C3PO, a project co-funded by the European Commission that aims to design and develop a new generation of energy-efficient photonic and electronic components.

The C-3PO project is working on silica-based integrated components that are not wavelength-specific (e.g., colorless) but that have high performance for DWDM applications.

The deliverables at the end of the three-year project will include low-cost, photonic-integrated transceivers, which obviate the need for expensive, thermoelectrically cooled tunable lasers. An additional outcome will be an approach to electronics/photonics integration via novel electronic chip devices that are performance-optimized for low-power consumption and that imitate integration with the arrays of integrated optical devices. These new components are projected to deliver large savings on equipment in any given year, even into the hundreds of millions of dollars from data and switching-center applications alone.

"The components that result from C-3PO will be integrated into our FSP 3000 platform, which will enable our customers to automatically benefit from lower power consumption and operational expenses (OPEX)," said Christoph Glingener, ADVA Optical Networking's chief technology officer.

In addition to ADVA Optical Networking, other participants in the project include:

  • University College Cork/Tyndall National Institute (Ireland)

  • CIP Technologies (United Kingdom)

  • Interuniversitair Micro-Elektronica Centrum (IMEC) (Belgium)

  • POLATIS (United Kingdom)

  • CONSTELEX (Greece)

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