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C-3PO

Project ID: 257377
Finanziato nell'ambito di

Colourless and Coolerless Components for low Power Optical Networks

Dal 2010-06-01 al 2013-11-30, progetto concluso

Dettagli del progetto

Costo totale:

EUR 2 596 085

Contributo UE:

EUR 1 990 000

Coordinato in:

Ireland

Argomento (i):

ICT-2009.3.7 - Photonics

Invito a presentare proposte:

FP7-ICT-2009-5See other projects for this call

Meccanismo di finanziamento:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Description

As the capacity demands for telecommunications continue to grow exponentially, the energy consumption of the network increases super-linearly with capacity. As a result, energy limits will constrain future growth, and this is predicted to be a significant brake on development of the global knowledge economy. The C-3PO project will develop a new generation of ‘coolerless’ and ‘colourless’ photonic components that will reduce power consumption, whilst enabling bandwidth growth and constraining cost. Taking a large modern internet data and switching centre with 5MWatt power consumption (44GWh/year) as an example, the ability of C-3PO photonic components to operate without cooling can lead to annual communications equipment and air-conditioning power savings of up to 4GWh, which will reduce energy costs by ~500k€/year for such a typical data centre. In addition, the C-3PO components will be ‘colourless’, or non-wavelength specific, which allows a single component type to operate at any wavelength in a dense wavelength division multiplexed (DWDM) system. As such, C-3PO technology can be universally applied from low-cost and reconfigurable router interfaces for metro networks down to the end-user optical modem in fibre to the home/business networks. In detail, C-3PO will develop low cost photonic-integrated multi-wavelength laser sources with high temperature-stable performance and use these as ‘optical wavelength power sources’ to seed colourless and coolerless InP-based reflective modulators driven by power-efficient SiGe BiCMOS electronics. This will remove the need for use of expensive, thermoelectrically cooled tuneable lasers, leading to projected global annual equipment savings of more than 300M€ from data and switching centre applications alone. This saving would be achieved through simplification of optical and electronic hardware, the reduction of the need for thermal management and the elimination of manufacturing costs associated with device characterisation and the generation of individual laser tuning maps. The presence of major European industrial players in the consortium will enable rapid commercialisation of the project outputs, enhancing European competitiveness in the global telecommunications market and ultimately leading to new high technology jobs for European workers.

Obiettivo

As the capacity demands for telecommunications continue to grow exponentially, the energy consumption of the network increases super-linearly with capacity. As a result, energy limits will constrain future growth, and this is predicted to be a significant brake on development of the global knowledge economy. The C-3PO project will develop a new generation of 'coolerless' and 'colourless' photonic components that will reduce power consumption, whilst enabling bandwidth growth and constraining cost. Taking a large modern internet data and switching centre with 5MWatt power consumption (44GWh/year) as an example, the ability of C-3PO photonic components to operate without cooling can lead to annual communications equipment and air-conditioning power savings of up to 4GWh, which will reduce energy costs by ~500k€/year for such a typical data centre. In addition, the C-3PO components will be 'colourless', or non-wavelength specific, which allows a single component type to operate at any wavelength in a dense wavelength division multiplexed (DWDM) system. As such, C-3PO technology can be universally applied from low-cost and reconfigurable router interfaces for metro networks down to the end-user optical modem in fibre to the home/business networks. In detail, C-3PO will develop low cost photonic-integrated multi-wavelength laser sources with high temperature-stable performance and use these as 'optical wavelength power sources' to seed colourless and coolerless InP-based reflective modulators driven by power-efficient SiGe BiCMOS electronics. This will remove the need for use of expensive, thermoelectrically cooled tuneable lasers, leading to projected global annual equipment savings of more than 300M€ from data and switching centre applications alone. This saving would be achieved through simplification of optical and electronic hardware, the reduction of the need for thermal management and the elimination of manufacturing costs associated with device characterisation and the generation of individual laser tuning maps. The presence of major European industrial players in the consortium will enable rapid commercialisation of the project outputs, enhancing European competitiveness in the global telecommunications market and ultimately leading to new high technology jobs for European workers.

Informazioni correlate

Coordinatore

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland

Contributo UE: EUR 373 231


Western Road
- CORK
Ireland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contatto amministrativo: Conor Delaney
Tel.: +353 21 4904263
Fax: +353 21 4904058
E-mail

Partecipanti

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium

Contributo UE: EUR 479 116


KAPELDREEF 75
3001 LEUVEN
Belgium
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contatto amministrativo: Christine Van Houtven
Tel.: +32 16 281 613
Fax: +32 16 281 812
E-mail
ADVA OPTICAL NETWORKING SE
Germany

Contributo UE: EUR 85 948


MAERZENQUELLE 1-3
98617 MEININGEN
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contatto amministrativo: Ulrike Winkler
Tel.: +49 369 3450 566
Fax: +49 369 3450 566
E-mail
EFSTRATIOS KEHAYAS - LEONTIOS STAMPOULIDIS O.E.
Partecipazione terminata
Greece

Contributo UE: EUR 159 471


Ikoniou 17
13675 Athens
Greece
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contatto amministrativo: Leontios Stampoulis
Tel.: +30 211 800 5152
Fax: +30 211 800 5565
E-mail
CONSTELEX TECHNOLOGY ENABLERS SINGLE MEMBER LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY
Greece

Contributo UE: EUR 0


ODOS IKONIOU 17
13675 ACHARNES ATHINA
Greece
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contatto amministrativo: Leontios Stampoulis
Tel.: +30 211 800 5152
Fax: +30 211 800 5565
E-mail
HUBER+SUHNER POLATIS LIMITED
United Kingdom

Contributo UE: EUR 203 015


MILTON ROAD 332 CAMBRIDGE SCIENCE PARK
CB4 0WN CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contatto amministrativo: Tim Arthur
Tel.: +441223394801
Fax: +441223394801
E-mail
THE CENTRE FOR INTEGRATED PHOTONICS LIMITED
United Kingdom

Contributo UE: EUR 689 219


B55 ADASTRAL PARK, MARTLESHAM HEATH
IP5 3RE IPSWICH, SUFFOLK
United Kingdom
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contatto amministrativo: Leigh Hepplethwaite
Tel.: +44 1473 663111
Fax: +44 1473 663111
E-mail