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Multi - Functional Integrated arrays of Interferometric switched

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 4222

  • Start date

    1 September 2004

  • End date

    31 August 2007

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 530 232

  • EU contribution

    € 2 694 795

Coordinated by:

RESEARCH ACADEMIC COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE

Greece

Objective

In the past decade we have witnessed a remarkable advance in all-optical signal processing techniques and rapid maturity in the fabrication of compact all-optical switches. All-optical computing has been the holy grail of researchers since the invention of the laser. Even though general purpose all-optical processing is still a long way off, there are specialized applications in high data rate telecommunications and networking, where ultra high speed, low complexity all-optical circuits are ideally suited. The next key step in all-optical technology evolution is to develop the means to manufacture compact and low cost arrays of all-optical gates, that is, to develop the capability for the VLSI of all-optical gates. MUFINS combines the efforts of 8 European research groups as the first step in this direction. MUFINS aims to demonstrate 2 and 4 element monolithically integrated arrays of packaged and pigtailed InGaAsP, 2x2 all-optical switches on single InP substrates for operation at 10 and 40Gb/s.

Two integration techniques will be used. The first will use active/passive integration based on regrowth and the second will use the Active Vertical Coupling technique to produce arrays of all-optical switches. The performance of the discrete 2 and 4 element arrays will be evaluated in multi-gate all-optical circuits such as, Clock and Data Recovery, single and 4-wavelength Burst Mode Receiver, Full-Adder, a 4x4 all-optical Switching Matrix, etc. Finally MUFINS will demonstrate a 3 gate, 40Gb/s all-optical Burst Mode Receiver hybridly integrated on a PLC sub-mount. The choice of the evaluation experiments was such as to show that generic, multi-element arrays of integrated all-optical gates can find application in different domains. By drawing through different application pools, MUFINS intends to assure that the developed multi-gate elements can have an adequate market to support them as products after the end of the project.

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Coordinator

RESEARCH ACADEMIC COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE

Address

N. Kazantzaki, Campus Of Rio Patras
26500 Rio Patras

Greece

Participants (7)

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

SIEMENS, S.A.

Portugal

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

TELECOM ITALIA SPA

Italy

THE CENTRE FOR INTEGRATED PHOTONICS LIMITED

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 4222

  • Start date

    1 September 2004

  • End date

    31 August 2007

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 530 232

  • EU contribution

    € 2 694 795

Coordinated by:

RESEARCH ACADEMIC COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE

Greece