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Multi-Gigabit, Scalable & Energy Efficient on-board Digital Processors Employing Multi-core, Vertical, Embedded Opto-electronic Engines

Objective

New multi-beam Tera-scale capacity satellites will require a disruptive approach to address digital on-board processors that rely on electronics which consume space, power and cost and reach their capacity saturation. The disruptive solution must combine scalability, technical feasibility, power-efficiency and cost-effectiveness. ROBIN aims to provide this solution realizing multi-gigabit optical inter-connectivity with a unique combination of low-power and high-bandwidth multimode (MM) GaAs VCSEL/PDs, low power, radiation-hardened BiCMOS drivers and radiation-hardened multi-core fibers (MCFs). ROBIN will integrate these technologies on a space grade photonic integration capable to provide ruggedized transceiver modules with a record-high 150Gb/s throughput and 6mW/ Gb/s energy consumption which is a 3-fold improvement against state-of-the-art (SOTA) US-based products. ROBIN will fabricate the first >15GHz MCF-matched 850nm VCSELs operating at -40 to +100 oC and will drive energy consumption down to <200 fJ/bit (0.2 mW/Gb/s). ROBIN will demonstrate the first >30 GHz MM MCF-PDs with >0.6A/W responsivity. ROBIN will couple MCF-VCSELs/PDs to the first 6-core radiation-hard MM-MCF to offer the capability for single-feedthrough robust and hermetic module packaging. Fibers will be distributed through a monolithic fan-out avoiding the use and procurement of expensive connectors. ROBIN will develop the first 25 Gb/s 6-channel, driver/TIA ICs with record-low <2pJ/bit energy consumption in a 5-fold decrease against SOTA products. ICs will be fabricated with IHP 0.25μm SiGe BiCMOS process which is under ESA qualification. ROBIN will fabricate an opto-electronic 6x25 Gb/s capable ADC/DAC module using MCF optical interfaces and will test it in a full-scale optical interconnect breadboard demonstrator. Finally, ROBIN will perform space assessment tests on all the components to align development towards a European space qualifiable system.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science/satellites
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/fibers

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

Gooch & Housego (Torquay) Limited
Address
Broomhill Way Unit A
TQ2 7QL Torquay Devon
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 472 993
Administrative Contact
Leontios Stampoulidis (Dr)

Participants (7)

THALES ALENIA SPACE FRANCE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 140 335
Address
Avenue Jean Francois Champollion 26
31100 Toulouse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christiane Notari (Ms)
PHILIPS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 265 000
Address
Rontgenstrasse 22
22335 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Koch (Mr)
OFS FITEL DENMARK APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 223 545
Address
Priorparken 680
2605 Brondby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bera Pálsdóttir (Dr)
IHP GMBH - INNOVATIONS FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE MICROELECTRONICS/LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER INNOVATIVE MIKROELEKTRONIK
Germany
EU contribution
€ 441 902
Address
Im Technologiepark 25
15236 Frankfurt Oder
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Uwe George
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 520 906
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mikko Karppinen (Dr)
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 390 230
Address
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41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ingrid Collin (Ms)
CONSTELEX TECHNOLOGY ENABLERS SINGLE MEMBER LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY

Participation ended

Greece
EU contribution
€ 44 087
Address
Odos Ikoniou 17
13675 Acharnes Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Leontios Stampoulidis (Dr)