Institute of Communication and Computer Systems/National Technical University of Athens (Greece)
The Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) is associated with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (SECE) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). ICCS/NTUA will participate in HAMLET with the Photonics Communications Research Laboratory (PCRL), which was founded in 1995 as a research group of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens. Its research activities focus on the design and implementation of photonic devices and systems for optical communication systems and datacom applications, including innovative solutions for high-capacity, flexible optical transmission networks and systems with advanced modulation formats, all-optical signal processing systems/subsystems, multi-wavelength sources for wavelength division multiplexing systems, and novel optical network architectures for datacentres.
Role in HAMLET
ICCS coordinates HAMLET and is responsible for the development of the DSP tools for the optical fronthaul transceiver, and the wireless part of the system. ICCS/NTUA will also contribute to the experimental characterization activities of the polymer photonic circuits and the TriPleX beam forming network circuit, as well as the development of FPGA based transponders, the BFN control unit and the laboratory evaluation of the MWP system
Contact: Christos Kouloumentas, Panos Groumas, Christos Tsokos, Hercules Avramopoulos
LioniX B.V. (The Netherlands)
LioniX is a leading provider in development and small to high volume production of leveraging and innovative products based on micro/nano system technology (MNT) and MEMS. LioniX's core technologies are integrated optics and microfluidics, with customers operating in telecom, industrial process control, life sciences, space markets, and include OEM's, multinationals, VC start-up companies as well as research institutions from around the world. LioniX has its own clean-room facilities with equipment for the proprietary technology and dedicated test/analysis equipment for integrated optics and micro-fluidic devices.
Role in HAMLET
LioniX is responsible for managing innovation activities, by continuously monitoring and identifying developments in targeted markets and re-aligning the project objectives according to market needs. LioniX, with the contribution of SolMateS, will focus on the development of a heterogeneous integration process for the PZT layers on TriPleX and optimize the phase shifter design. In addition, LioniX will design, fabricate and characterize the OBFN circuits for the 2D and 3D integration engines, and will also contribute to the development of the hybrid polymer-TriPleX integration process. LioniX will also lead the standardization activities and management of IPR and contribute in the definition of a high-volume production methodology.
Contact: Arne Leinse, Rene Heideman
Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz Institute (Germany)
FhG-HHI is one of the leading laboratories worldwide with emphasis on InP-based discrete and PIC devices as well as polymer-based PLCs and optoelectronic integrated circuits (OEIC). In its Photonics Components (PC) department, HHI has successfully developed a wide range of photonic devices, in many cases in close cooperation with domestic and foreign SMEs. HHI's extensive expertise in photonic components has resulted in Polyboard™, a powerful polymer based photonic platform with an extensive toolbox, covering the needs of modern photonic telecom and datacom systems.
Role in HAMLET
FhG-HHI is the polymer platform technology provider in HAMLET and is responsible for the development of the heterogeneous graphene/polymer integration methodology, as well as the design, fabrication and characterization of the high-bandwidth graphene-based electro-absorption modulators (GP-EAMs). FhG-HHI will also design and fabricate polymer circuits with spotsize converters for the 2D hybrid integration with TriPleX chips and develop the 3D intefarion engine, in collarboration with LioniX and LINKRA, following two optimization paths for fabricating polymer chips on top of TriPleX ones, using the top Si2O cladding of TriPleX as substrate.
Contact: Moritz Kleinert, Norbert Keil
SolMateS B.V. (The Netherlands)
SolMateS BV was founded in 2006, as a spin-off of the Inorganic Materials Science group at the University of Twente. SolMateS provides innovative solutions for the movement or sensing on a chip with piezoelectric thin films. Besides the developed unique deposition hardware and piezo recipes, it has expertise in buffer layers, different types of electrode materials and structuring characterization of the deposited layers. SolMateS launched its PLD platform in the fast-growing piezo-MEMS market for the use of piezoelctric thin film manufacturing. SolMateS has his own RD lab for PLD based depositions, and basic thin film analytical equipment.
Role in HAMLET
SolMateS is responsible for developing the process for the deposition of the PZT layers and its integration on Triplex for realizing the stress-based phase shifters. Additionally, it contributes in the design and fabrication of the 2D integration compatible OBFN chips. This will involve the building of the PLD test reactor for the deposition of thin films on wafers, the process development of Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 thin film integration (including their electrodes) on Triplex platform, the optimization of deposition conditions to reduce thermal budget and maximize the strain induced by PZT on the waveguide. It will also undertake the characterization of the thin films.
Contact: Matthijn Dekkers
Linkra s.r.l. (Italy)
Linkra s.r.l is an Italian company member of the Italian Compel Group, that operates in the fields of RF and Microwave Photonics modules both as a contract manufacturer as well as offering its own design and manufacturing capabilities for third party product development for Test and Measurements, Defence and Telecommunication markets. Linkra offers R&D design capability and complete technical support to develop prototypes and quickly convert them into a fully automated production line, providing robust and reliable products and shortening time to market. With extensive experience in hybrid modules technology, the R&D, engineering, and production teams of Linkra covers a very wide range of demands in packaging solutions for microwave hybrids and optical components/modules.
Role in HAMLET
LINKRA is responsible for the development of the hybrid integration engine. More specifically, LINKRA will develop a 2D integration methodology for coupling the very large number of waveguides crossing the two platforms, as well as integrating the InP active elements on the polymer platform. Additionally, it will also develop the methodology for the integration and packaging of the SiP hybrid transceiver module.
Contact: Antonello Vannucci, Antonio Beretta
SATRAX B.V. (The Netherlands)
SATRAX aims to become a global leader in providing integrated microwave photonic beamforming networks for antenna systems using the benefits of TriPleX™ waveguide technology to satisfy the growing need for bandwidth and capacity in telecommunications. SATRAX proprietary beamforming technology is based on integrated optics and replaces the electronic-based technology for the key element of phased array antennas. SATRAX has the opportunity to provide photonics based modules to OEMs in a suite of applications, including broadband integrated optical beamforming modules for flat tunable directional antennas, in particular Ku or Ka-band SatCom and next generation 5G base stations.
Role in HAMLET
In HAMLET, SATRAX will identify the requirements of 5G networks, define specifications for the wireless part, investigate the RF performance of photonic steerable beamformers and the requirements for on chip signal processing, and translate these into component specifications and specifications for the MWP system in package. SATRAX will define the methodology for the performance evaluation of the system, develop suitable beamforming topologies and antenna architectures for array processing (for single and multiple beams), simulate their performance, as well as develop the BFN control unit and the experimental testbeds. Additionally, it will evaluate in its lab the performance of the hybrid transceiver.
Contact: Chris Roeloffzen, Roelof Bernardus Timens, Paul van Dijk