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Photonics for High-Performance, Low-Cost & Low-Energy Data Centers, High Performance Computing Systems:Terabit/s Optical Interconnect Technologies for On-Board, Board-to-Board, Rack-to-Rack data links

Photonics for High-Performance, Low-Cost & Low-Energy Data Centers, High Performance Computing Systems:Terabit/s Optical Interconnect Technologies for On-Board, Board-to-Board, Rack-to-Rack data links

Objective

PhoxTrot is a large-scale research effort focusing on high-performance, low-energy and cost and small-size optical interconnects across the different hierarchy levels in Data Center and High-Performance Computing Systems: on-board, board-to-board and rack-to-rack. PhoxTrot will tackle optical interconnects in a holistic way, synergizing the different fabrication platforms (CMOS electronics, Si-photonics, polymers, glass, III-Vs, plasmonics) in order to deploy the optimal "mix&match" technology and tailor this to each interconnect layer. PhoxTrot will follow a layered approach from near-term exploitable to more forward looking but of high expected gain activities. The main objectives of PhoxTrot include the deployment of:. generic building block technologies (transmitters, modulators, receivers, switches, optochips, multi- and single-mode optical PCBs, chip- and board-to-board connectors) that can be used for a broad range of applications, extending performance beyond Tb/s and reducing energy by more than 50%.. a unified integration/packaging methodology as a cost/energy-reduction factor for board-adaptable 3D SiP transceiver and router optochip fabrication.. the whole "food-chain" of low-cost and low-energy interconnect technologies concluding to 3 fully functional prototype systems: an >1Tb/s throughput optical PCB and >50% reduced energy requirements, a high-end >2Tb/s throughput optical backplane for board-to-board interconnection, and a 1.28Tb/s 16QAM Active Optical Cable that reduces power requirements by >70%.To ensure high commercial impact after the end of PhoxTrot, all activities have been designed around current market roadmaps that will be updated during the course of the project and are led by industrial partners. PhoxTrot brings together the major European industrial and research players in the field. In so doing it will create a highly timely thrust and of unprecedented momentum in optical interconnects in Europe with worldwide impact.

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Address

Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

Germany

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 792 264

Administrative Contact

Christoph Schulte (Mr.)

Participants (22)

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AMS AG

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 509 854

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 477 446

GESELLSCHAFT FUR ANGEWANDTE MIKRO UND OPTOELEKTRONIK MIT BESCHRANKTERHAFTUNG AMO GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 364 715

VERTILAS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 370 320

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 506 692

SYDDANSK UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 185 159

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 370 955

DAS PHOTONICS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 208 186

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 451 420

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 162 607

INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 761 983

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 578 770

INSTITOUTO TECHNOLOGIAS YPOLOGISTONKAI EKDOSEON DIOFANTOS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 211 364

MEADVILLE ASPOCOMP INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

Hong Kong

EU Contribution

€ 267 748

COMPAS ELECTRO-OPTICAL SYSTEMS LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 343 302

MELLANOX TECHNOLOGIES LTD - MLNX

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 70 000

BRIGHT PHOTONICS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 111 096

TE CONNECTIVITY NEDERLAND BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 231 180

PHOENIX BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 249 676

SEAGATE SYSTEMS UK LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 379 863

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 50 400

UNIVERSITE DE BOURGOGNE

France

EU Contribution

€ 45 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 318240

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2012

  • End date

    31 May 2017

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 12 319 809

  • EU contribution

    € 8 700 000

Coordinated by:

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany