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Thermally Integrated Smart Photonics Systems

Objective

The objective of this proposal is to develop and demonstrate a scalable, thermally-enabled 3D integrated optoelectronic platform that can meet the explosion in data traffic growth within ICT. The Thermally Integrated Smart Photonics Systems (TIPS) program will heterogeneously integrate micro-thermoelectric coolers (μTEC) and micro-fluidics (μFluidics) with optoelectronic devices (lasers, modulators, etc.) in order to precisely control device temperature and thus device wavelength compared to commercially available discrete technology.
Data traffic is projected to increase sharply (40-80× by 2020) and this is driving an increase in network complexity and the requirement for scalable optoelectronic integration. A major bottleneck to this large scale integration is thermal management. Active photonic devices generate extremely high heat flux levels (~1 kW/cm2) that must be efficiently removed to maintain performance and reliability; furthermore, active photonic devices must be controlled at temperature precision better than ±0.1°C. Today’s thermal technology is at the limit and cannot scale with growth in the network. As a comparison, electronics produce lower heat flux levels (~100 W/cm2) and have a less restrictive temperature requirement of ≤ 85±2°C.
Integration of thermal management onto optoelectronic devices has not been addressed to date in academic or industrial investigations and therefore presents a significant knowledge gap that must be filled to enable impact and ensure the EU is at the forefront of optoelectronic technology. While the end goal is driven by telecom or datacom industrial requirements there are many scientific knowledge gaps that will be filled by the TIPS consortium. The application space for a thermally-integrated smart optoelectronic solution is large and spans multiple communication length scales from long reach to inter/ intrachip communications as well as other applications like sensors that seek to leverage silicon photonics platforms

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 198 696

Participants (9)

III-V LAB
France
EU contribution
€ 794 850
Address
1 Avenue Augustin Fresnel Campus Polytechnique
91767 Palaiseau Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NOKIA IRELAND LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 550 500
Address
Suite 3 One Earlsfort Centre Lower Hatch Street
2 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Mittelweg 177
20148 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 741 500
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 471 708,75
Address
National Technological Park, Plassey
- Limerick
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LIONIX INTERNATIONAL BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 472 625
Address
Hengelosestraat 500
7521 AN Enschede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NOKIA BELL LABS FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 367 002,50
Address
Site Nokia Paris Saclay, Route De Villejust
91620 Nozay
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COMMUNICRAFT LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 152 733,75
Address
Lombard Street West 46
8 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER FESTKOERPER- UND WERKSTOFFFORSCHUNG DRESDEN E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 480 425
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 20
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Research Organisations