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FP7 GALACTICO:\nblendinG diverse photonics And eLectronics on silicon for integrAted and fully funCTIonal COherent Tb Ethernet

GALACTICO

Project reference: 258407
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GALACTICO:\nblendinG diverse photonics And eLectronics on silicon for integrAted and fully funCTIonal COherent Tb Ethernet

From 2010-10-01 to 2013-09-30

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 4 018 219

EU contribution:

EUR 2 900 000

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

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

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

The GALACTICO photonic technology platform aims to disrupt the transition from 10/40G to Terabit long-haul networks providing new generation 100G and next generation 400G and 1T photonic interfaces.

Galactico answers the question of how to make the internet 100 times faster without developing optical networks from scratch.


Project objectives:


GALACTICO is a Framework Program (FP) 7 European Commission co-funded project.  The project is application-driven and aims to provide a photonic technology platform to disrupt the transition from 10/40 Gb/s to high-capacity Terabit long-haul networks. To achieve this goal, GALACTICO aims to squeeze current bulk and costly 100GbE interfaces into compact and cost-efficient silicon-based photonic integrated circuits. GALACTICO aims to provide future-proof scalability towards TbE by demonstrating fully integrated multi-carrier super-channel coherent transmitters and receivers that deliver a massive amount of aggregate bandwidth being compliant with the grid boundaries posed by NSN FlexiGrid approach.
The technical objectives of the project are:
• Development of a low-loss Silicon-on-Insulator integration platform for merging GaAs, InP and Si
• Fabrication of high-speed and low voltage (3V) GaAs polarization multiplexed IQ modulator arrays
• Fabrication of high-speed flip-chip compatible InP photodetectors
• Fabrication of low-power electrical consumption (1W) multi-level (up to 6 levels) SiGe modulator drivers and monolithic Ge photodetector arrays
• Demonstration of 100 Gb/s PM-QPSK coherent transmitters and receivers for “new-gen” 100G linecards
• Demonstration of up to 320 Gb/s single carrier PM-16QAM and PM-32QAM transmitter and receiver
• Demonstration of multi-carrier 512 Gb/s and up to 1.28 Tb/s DWDM DP-16/32QAM transmitters and receivers for upcoming 400G and 1T Flexigrid OTN systems
• Demonstration of multi-GbE data transport using Telecom Italia test plant

Objective

Currently system vendors request a photonic integration technology to deliver practical and cost-effective 100GbE systems. GALACTICO is a project that aims to provide this technology and disrupt the transition from 10/40Gb/s to 100GbE core networks. To achieve this goal, GALACTICO aims to squeeze current bulk and costly 100GbE interfaces into silicon-based PICs and provide integrated coherent transmitters and receivers that deliver a massive amount of aggregate bandwidth. To address cost, performance and volume, GALACTICO aims to provide the right mix of the three most established integration materials, i.e. InP, GaAs, Si and combine their strenghts on a common silicon platform. The GALACTICO platform will offer low loss (~0.1dB/cm) silicon waveguides and <1dB fiber-to-chip coupling loss. The board will be used to integrate densely all the polarization and filtering components. GALACTICO will develop the first SOI-compatible GaAs IQ-modulators. The available large GaAs wafers will enable volume production without compromising performance. The modulators will exhibit 30GHz electro-optic bandwidth with ~3V driving voltage. To address scalability, GALACTICO will integrate on-board arrays of 4x GaAs IQ-modulators suitable for DWDM coherent transmitter PICs. GALACTICO will also exploit the high-performance InP material by integrating arrays of 8-element 40GHz flip-chip compatible photodetectors for the DWDM coherent receivers. GALACTICO will integrate on-board all the electronic circuits using SiGe HBT technology. New 4level, 32Gbaud drivers will be integrated with the linear IQ modulators to realize 16QAM and enable line rates beyond 200 Gb/s. GALACTICO will deliver the following fully functional PICs: 1) 100Gb/s DP-QPSK coherent transmitter and receiver, 2) 512 Gb/s DWDM DP-16QAM coherent transmitter and receiver and 3) 256 Gb/s DP-16QAM transmitter achieving 5.12bit/sec/Hz spectral efficiency. Finally, GALACTICO will explore the limitations of high constellation size at high baud rate with the generation of single carrier 320 Gb/s DP-32QAM and DWDM 1.28 Tb/s combining a 6-level driver and the integrated polarization multiplexed GaAs IQ modulators. By so doing GALACTICO will open the way for next generation TbE networks.

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Coordinator contact

Lars Zimmermann, (Team Leader)
Tel.: +49 (335) 5625-407
Fax: +49 (335) 5625-327
E-mail
Lars Zimmermann, (Team Leader)
Tel.: +49 (335) 5625-407
Fax: +49 (335) 5625-327
E-mail

Coordinator

IHP GMBH - INNOVATIONS FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE MICROELECTRONICS/LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER INNOVATIVE MIKROELEKTRONIK
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 652 431


IM TECHNOLOGIEPARK 25
15236 FRANKFURT (ODER)
Germany
Administrative contact: Uwe George
Tel.: +49 335 5625 332
Fax: +49 335 5625 333
E-mail

Participants

FINISAR GERMANY GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 398 825


REUCHLINSTRASSE 10-11
10553 BERLIN
Germany
Administrative contact: Olaf Eggers
Tel.: +49 307 261 13525
Fax: +49 307 261 13800
E-mail
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 518 482


DES 17 JUNISTRASSE 135
10623 BERLIN
Germany
Administrative contact: Simone Ludwig
Tel.: +49 30 314 21371
Fax: +49 30 314 21689
E-mail
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 109 725


CAMINO DE VERA SN EDIFICIO 3A
46022 VALENCIA
Spain
Administrative contact: José Antonio Pérez García
Tel.: +34 963877409
Fax: +34 963877949
E-mail
INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 370 752


Patission Str. 42
10682 ATHINA
Greece
Administrative contact: Hercules Avramopoulos
Tel.: +302107722076
Fax: +302107722077
E-mail
EFSTRATIOS KEHAYAS - LEONTIOS STAMPOULIDIS O.E.
Participation ended
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 0


Ikoniou 17
13675 Athens
Greece
Administrative contact: Leontios Stampoulidis
Tel.: +302118005152
Fax: +302118005565
E-mail
CONSTELEX TECHNOLOGY ENABLERS SINGLE MEMBER LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 161 620


ODOS IKONIOU 17
13675 ACHARNES ATHINA
Greece
Administrative contact: Leontios Stampoulis
Tel.: +30 211 800 5152
Fax: +30 211 800 5565
E-mail
TELECOM ITALIA SPA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 174 001


PIAZZA DEGLI AFFARI 2
20123 MILAN
Italy
Administrative contact: Giovanni Fiorillo
Tel.: +390636883016
Fax: +390112285520
E-mail
CORIANT PORTUGAL UNIPESSOAL LDA
Portugal

EU contribution: EUR 11 806


RUA IRMAOS SIEMENS 1 1-A
2720 093 AMADORA
Portugal
Administrative contact: Nuno Marques Fernandes
Tel.: +351219366008
E-mail
NOKIA SIEMENS NETWORKS PORTUGAL SA
Participation ended
Portugal

EU contribution: EUR 164 694


RUA IRMAOS SIEMENS 1 - 1A
2720-093 LISBOA
Portugal
Administrative contact: Nuno Fernandes
Tel.: +351 21 044 4119
Fax: +351 21 424 2007
E-mail
FINISAR UK LIMITED
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 337 664


THOMAS WRIGHT WAY NETPARK INCUBATOR 5
TS21 3FD SEDGEFIELD DURHAM CLEVELAND
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Steve Clements
Tel.: +441740625543
Fax: +441740625251
E-mail
Record Number: 95312 / Last updated on: 2016-04-08