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Silicon-Organic Hybrid Transceivers for Terabit/s Data Network

Silicon-Organic Hybrid Transceivers for Terabit/s Data Network

Objective

Megatrends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Industry-4.0 paradigms, and cloud-based service delivery are combining to push data-center infrastructures to their limits. This applies in particular to Ethernet-based communication networks within large data centers, which limit further scalability of computing power and storage capacity already today. Compact power-efficient transceiver concepts are key to overcome these bottlenecks.
SCOOTER aims at what the Ethernet Alliance has recently classified as the “Holy Grail” of the Ethernet ecosystem: Transceivers that enable serial transmission of 100 Gbit/s data streams, while fulfilling the stringent requirements of small-form-factor-pluggable (SFP) packages. The project exploits the concept of silicon-organic hybrid (SOH) integration that combines the economics of large-scale silicon photonic integration with the exceptional performance of organic electro-optic (EO) materials. In a series of experimental demonstrations, we have proven the superior performance of SOH electro-optic modulators, both in terms of speed and power consumption.
The SCOOTER transceiver concept is expected to hit a strongly growing multi-billion Euro market. The study aims at an in-depth analysis of market opportunities and competitive boundary conditions, the specification of technical product concepts, as well as the associated IP strategy and risk analysis. The project shall result in a comprehensive business plan that allows to raise funds for the next phase of commercialization through a start-up company. We expect that the envisaged transceivers will not only help to overcome the communication bottlenecks in today’s networks, but may also have transformative impact on the long-term Ethernet roadmap, enabling interface rates of 400 Gbit/s, 800 Gbit/s, 1 Tbit/s, and beyond.
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Host institution

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Address

Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 149 875

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KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 149 875

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 755380

  • Start date

    1 May 2017

  • End date

    31 October 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 149 875

  • EU contribution

    € 149 875

Hosted by:

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany