How speed of residential internet access will develop from now to 2022

residential internet access

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”

“From idea to reality: building a photonic integrated system from scratch” – presented by Iñigo Artundo, VLC Photonics

Inigo Artundo

According to Iñigo Artundo, Photonic integration has become a mature technology that is starting to be commercialized in several industrial and commercial applications. However, there are still many practical issues to consider before, during and after miniaturizing an optical system into a photonic chip, and these often involve important business considerations too. Continue reading ““From idea to reality: building a photonic integrated system from scratch” – presented by Iñigo Artundo, VLC Photonics”

Imec and Ghent University: Breakthrough marks step towards next-generation photonic integrated circuit technology

CMOS pilot line

CMOS pilot line – Imec and Ghent University: Breakthrough marks step towards next-generation photonic integrated circuit technology

Imec and Ghent University have presented, for the first time, arrays of InP lasers monolithically integrated on 300mm silicon substrates in a CMOS pilot line.

This breakthrough, published in Nature Photonics, provides a path toward high-volume manufacturing of cost-effective photonic integrated circuits (PICs) with monolithically integrated laser sources. Such laser-powered PICs could change the way data is transferred between future logic and memory chips. Continue reading “Imec and Ghent University: Breakthrough marks step towards next-generation photonic integrated circuit technology”

Revolutions in Antennas and 5G Networks

integrated photonic circuits

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”

First on-chip metamaterial with zero refractive index is promising for manipulating light in PICs

on-chip metamaterial

The first on-chip metamaterial with a refractive index of 0 gives light an infinite phase velocity, which could be advantageous for manipulating light in photonic integrated circuits.

The metamaterial consists of silicon pillar arrays embedded in a polymer matrix and clad in gold film and was developed at Harvard University’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. It can couple to silicon waveguides to interface with standard integrated photonic components and chips. Continue reading “First on-chip metamaterial with zero refractive index is promising for manipulating light in PICs”

Berkeley Lab Researchers Demonstrate Atomically Thin Excitonic Laser

Excitonic Laser

Berkeley Lab Researchers Demonstrate Atomically Thin Excitonic Laser

An important step towards next-generation ultra-compact photonic and optoelectronic devices has been taken with the realization of a two-dimensional excitonic laser. Scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) embedded a monolayer of tungsten disulfide into a special microdisk resonator to achieve bright excitonic lasing at visible light wavelengths. Continue reading “Berkeley Lab Researchers Demonstrate Atomically Thin Excitonic Laser”

It only needs to be imagined

Why are integrated photonics applied less frequently as an enabling technology than electronics or ‘standard’ optical equipment? For chip manufacturer SMART Photonics, in Eindhoven, the answer is simple: photonics is a relatively unknown technology and integrated photonics is virtually unheard of; despite the fact that the technology has so much potential. A few years ago the company began to produce integrated photonic chips with the potential for diverse applications in a wide range of industries. In high-tech industries sectors such as data and telecom, the medical sector and aviation, integrated photonics offer many advantages and new functionalities compared or in addition to existing solutions. Continue reading “It only needs to be imagined”

Half a laboratory reduced to fit a picnic table

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”