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SPIRIT

Project ID: 619603
Financé au titre de

Software-defined energy-efficient Photonic transceivers IntRoducing Inteligence and dynamicity in Terabit superchannels for flexible optical networks

De 2013-12-01 à 2017-05-31, projet clôturé

Détails concernant le projet

Coût total:

EUR 4 093 014

Contribution de l'UE:

EUR 2 870 000

Coordonné à/au(x)/en:

Greece

Appel à propositions:

FP7-ICT-2013-11See other projects for this call

Régime de financement:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Description

The Challenge:
The advent of cloud applications and the proliferation of mobile devices have imposed a dramatic increase of the IP traffic. The emerging ZetaByte Era forces operators to seek a cost-efficient way of upgrading their network in order to accommodate the vast amount of data without compromising QoS and wasting bandwidth resources. Technology paradigms shift towards coherent modulation formats for upgrading channel capacity, yet at the cost of power-hungry DSP residing outside the transceiver line cards and bulky component configurations. What is more, current implementations rely on fixed-grid network elements ignoring efficient spectrum management that can benefit from high-order QAM modulation.

Vision:
SPIRIT aims to build a fully programmable transceiver in a single package for Terabit optical transport networks capable of superchannel grooming on a gridless basis and SDN functionality on board. The new transceiver technology platform targets power and cost savings up to 50%.

Project Objectives:
SPIRIT aims to fulfill the existing telecommunication gap with a near-to-market transceiver product merging the benefits of high performance and mature photonic and electronic technologies into a single platform. In order to achieve its mission, SPIRIT has defined the following ambitious objectives:

  • Fabrication of high-speed, low-voltage drive, InP modulators with segmented electrodes
    Fabrication of low-power CMOS Periodically Amplified Travelling-wave Hybrid (PATH) modulator logic and driver arrays
    Fabrication of an optical MUX/DEMUX based on tunable Si micro-ring filter arrays for superchannel grooming on a gridless basis
    Development of fully-programmable, high-speed, low-power, integrated photonic and electronic flexible transceivers
    Fixed-grid and gridless 400G, 1T and flexible (super)channel data transport with advanced DSP and monitoring built-in functions enabled by software control

Objectif

Bandwidth‐hungry end‐user applications are stretching physical layer capacity and dictating the migration towards software-defined flexible architectures. Fully-programmable optical components supporting rate- and format-adaptation are urgently needed.SPIRIT will fabricate low-cost, energy-efficient flexible transceivers that are capable of gridless operation and are compatible with both current and future applications. Single- and multi-carrier (OFDM) QAM formats will be supported up to a spectral efficiency of 16 bits/s/Hz (DP-256-QAM), for throughputs of up to 1Tbit/s from a single-package transceiver. Interfacing to an external FPGA will allow dynamic adjustment of the symbol rate (up to 32GBaud) and modulation format. Novel segmented-electrode InP IQ-MZMs with Vπ≈1V will be developed. This allows direct digital drive using mature, high-yield CMOS electronics; SPIRIT will therefore benefit from the dominant technology in IC fabrication, constituting a cost-effective, ultra-low-power solution. On‐chip, 5-bit multi-level functionality will enable arbitrary optical waveform generation and transmitter-side DSP. Record-low power consumption (1.8W per MZM arm) for a device of this resolution is targeted. Compared to current transmitters, more than 50% power consumption reduction is expected for 400G and 1T applications.The CMOS electronics and InP photonics will be integrated on a SOI platform, including coherent receivers and a novel, flexible MUX/DEMUX based on micro-ring filters, enabling spectrally efficient aggregation/segmentation of superchannels. The latter will be tunable across the entire C-band for truly gridless operation and fine-granularity spectrum slicing.SPIRIT will introduce intelligence in the optical layer. It envisages development of a software-defined network emulation platform that includes DSP performance monitoring for QoS management at the physical layer.Participation by industry leaders ensures a clear commercial exploitation path.

Coordinateur

INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Greece

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 585 281


Patission Str. 42
10682 ATHINA
Greece
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contact administratif: Hercules Avramopoulos
Tél.: +302107722076
Fax: +302107722077

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Participants

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICACENTRUM IMEC VZW
Belgium

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 706 457


KAPELDREEF 75
3001 LEUVEN
Belgium
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contact administratif: Christine Van Houtven
Tél.: +3216281613

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FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 578 263


HANSASTRASSE 27C
80686 MUNCHEN
Germany
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contact administratif: Andrea Zeumann
Tél.: +49 89 1205 2723

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GESELLSCHAFT FUR ANGEWANDTE MIKRO UND OPTOELEKTRONIK MIT BESCHRANKTERHAFTUNG AMO GMBH
Germany

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 473 985


OTTO BLUMENTHAL STRASSE 25
52074 AACHEN
Germany
Activity type: Other
Contact administratif: Bernd Schulte
Tél.: +49 2418867121

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HELLENIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS ORGANIZATION S.A. - OTE AE (ORGANISMOS TILEPIKOINONION TIS ELLADOS OTE AE)
Greece

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 120 447


KIFISSIAS AVENUE 99
15124 Maroussi - Athens
Greece
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif: Ioannis Chochliouros
Tél.: +30 2106114651
Fax: +30 2106114650

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Linkra S.R.L.
Italy

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 314 993


Via Guido Rossa 20/22
20040 Cornate d'Adda
Italy
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif: Isabella Colombo
Tél.: +390396100311

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ERICSSON TELECOMUNICAZIONI
Italy

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 90 574


VIA ANAGNINA 203
00118 Roma
Italy
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif: Roberto Magri
Tél.: +39 050 5492315

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