How speed of residential internet access will develop from now to 2022 – Commissioned by NLkabel and Cable Europe
The central question in this study is “How will upload and download speed demand have developed by 2022 in the European market for residential internet access?”. Our research focuses on consumers in the Netherlands and other West European countries with highly developed broadband markets. This study is a follow-up to a study performed in 2014 by Dialogic and Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Continue reading “How speed of residential internet access will develop from now to 2022”
A tight integration of electrical and optical functions opens a path to the realization of novel devices for a wide range of applications according to Bert Jan Offrein.
Continue reading “Chip- and system-level opto-electronic integration trends, by Bert Jan Offrein, IBM Research”
Many of the advances in medicine today are driven by the application of current ICT technology platforms into medical devices directly according to Ray Burke. Continue reading “‘Aligning our research with the Medtech Industry’s requirements for Bio-Photonics and Photonics Integration.’ by Ray Burke Tyndall Institute”
In the world of antennas, high-frequency radio and data traffic, work is proceeding at a pace on, among others, the introduction of 5G wireless networks in 2020. According to Satrax, a company based in Twente, the Netherlands, light is the answer to the increasing demand for higher data frequencies and bandwidths. The company develops antenna plates in which integrated photonic circuits play an essential role. But these chips are also leading to revolutionary developments in other fields. Continue reading “Revolutions in Antennas and 5G Networks”
Scientists have successfully developed the world’s fastest nanoscale all-optical switch. The device uses plasmonic nanoparticles and can transfer terabits of data on a femtosecond scale.
Produced on silicon nanostructures, the nanoscale device can be used for high-speed data transfer and may serve as a platform for next-gen computers.
The photonics field is branch of optics research that gained prominence with the invention of lasers. Photonics shares the same objectives as electronics, that is the fast, accurate and unattenuated transfer of data, but uses photons, rather than electrons, as the signal transfer agent. A photon refers to a quantum of light. Continue reading “World’s fastest nanoscale all-optical switch, created by researchers at Moscow State University”
Visible light chip rules the waves
Measurements are essential to the production process in many industries. Take the food industry, for example, in which pathogens and other substances that do not belong in food must be identified and removed in time to avoid possible food scandals. Or consider farming, for which light, air, water and fertiliser must be combined in the correct proportions to produce an optimal harvest. Just think of the possibilities if a sensor technology could be developed that is not only extremely compact but can also perform various complex measurements simultaneously and real-time and on-site. Continue reading “Visible light chip rules the waves”
Computing companies searching for more speed have started to use light to transport data inside computers instead of electricity. Now researchers have unveiled a promising scheme for using light to store information on a chip as well—even when the power is off. Continue reading “Researchers demonstrate new photonic memory that keeps working even when the power is off”
Experts agree, light-based communication technology and optical data storage of the future will rely on III–V silicon on-chip lasers. A prerequisite for these lasers is to confine light for maximum efficiency and couple light with optical waveguides.
Researchers at the A*STAR Data Storage Institute (DSI) have now designed a compact III–V silicon laser that does both. With two tapered ends, the structure realizes efficient lasing through the smart control of light — light is tightly confined to the III–V semiconductor layer where lasing occurs. Furthermore, both laser ends are tapered to facilitate the coupling of light with underlying silicon waveguides. Continue reading “Researchers Design Heterogeneously Integrated III-V Laser on Thin SOI”
On September 23rd, High Tech Campus Eindhoven was the host to over 100 leading photonics integration specialists from 12 countries. They met to take stock of the story so-far and discuss the next expansion phases for an industry that’s becoming the backbone technology of today’s Internet. Light has replaced copper as datacenters ramp up to cope with bandwidth demands when global sales exceed 1 billion smartphones a year.
Integrated photonics will scaleup
Today, ICT is responsible for about 4% of the world energy consumption. Recent studies indicate a rise to 8% by 2025. The steadily rising cost of energy and the need to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions raises important questions. What role can ICT play in general, and optical technologies in particular? Continue reading “Photonics – Accelerating the Brainport Lead”
Highly economical, very inexpensive and much smaller; these are the key characteristics of optical chips. By employing optical circuitry, measuring systems that currently fill half a laboratory can be reduced in size to fit on a picnic table or even slip into a jacket pocket. XiO Photonics has been working with light-manipulating chips for years. The company, based in Enschede, the Netherlands, has a whole library full of solutions based on photonic building blocks and produces applications for the medical and food industries, as well as for Life Sciences, among others. Continue reading “Half a laboratory reduced to fit a picnic table”