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Colourless and Coolerless Components for low Power Optical Networks

Projektbeschreibung

Photonics

As the capacity demands for telecommunications continue to grow exponentially, the energy consumption of the network increases super-linearly with capacity. As a result, energy limits will constrain future growth, and this is predicted to be a significant brake on development of the global knowledge economy. The C-3PO project will develop a new generation of ‘coolerless’ and ‘colourless’ photonic components that will reduce power consumption, whilst enabling bandwidth growth and constraining cost. Taking a large modern internet data and switching centre with 5MWatt power consumption (44GWh/year) as an example, the ability of C-3PO photonic components to operate without cooling can lead to annual communications equipment and air-conditioning power savings of up to 4GWh, which will reduce energy costs by ~500k€/year for such a typical data centre. In addition, the C-3PO components will be ‘colourless’, or non-wavelength specific, which allows a single component type to operate at any wavelength in a dense wavelength division multiplexed (DWDM) system. As such, C-3PO technology can be universally applied from low-cost and reconfigurable router interfaces for metro networks down to the end-user optical modem in fibre to the home/business networks. In detail, C-3PO will develop low cost photonic-integrated multi-wavelength laser sources with high temperature-stable performance and use these as ‘optical wavelength power sources’ to seed colourless and coolerless InP-based reflective modulators driven by power-efficient SiGe BiCMOS electronics. This will remove the need for use of expensive, thermoelectrically cooled tuneable lasers, leading to projected global annual equipment savings of more than 300M€ from data and switching centre applications alone. This saving would be achieved through simplification of optical and electronic hardware, the reduction of the need for thermal management and the elimination of manufacturing costs associated with device characterisation and the generation of individual laser tuning maps. The presence of major European industrial players in the consortium will enable rapid commercialisation of the project outputs, enhancing European competitiveness in the global telecommunications market and ultimately leading to new high technology jobs for European workers.

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FP7-ICT-2009-5
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Finanzierungsplan

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Koordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Adresse
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Irland
Aktivitätstyp
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU-Beitrag
€ 373 231
Kontakt Verwaltung
Conor Delaney (Mr.)

Beteiligte (6)

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgien
EU-Beitrag
€ 479 116
Adresse
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Aktivitätstyp
Research Organisations
Kontakt Verwaltung
Christine Van Houtven (Ms.)
ADVA OPTICAL NETWORKING SE
Deutschland
EU-Beitrag
€ 85 948
Adresse
Maerzenquelle 1-3
98617 Meiningen
Aktivitätstyp
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Kontakt Verwaltung
Ulrike Winkler (Ms.)
EFSTRATIOS KEHAYAS - LEONTIOS STAMPOULIDIS O.E.

Beteiligung beendet

Greece
EU-Beitrag
€ 159 471
Adresse
Ikoniou
13675 Athens
Aktivitätstyp
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Kontakt Verwaltung
Leontios Stampoulis (Dr.)
CONSTELEX TECHNOLOGY ENABLERS SINGLE MEMBER LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY
Greece
EU-Beitrag
€ 0
Adresse
Odos Ikoniou 17
13675 Acharnes Athina
Aktivitätstyp
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Kontakt Verwaltung
Leontios Stampoulis (Dr.)
HUBER+SUHNER POLATIS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU-Beitrag
€ 203 015
Adresse
Milton Road 332 Cambridge Science Park
CB4 0WN Cambridge
Aktivitätstyp
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Kontakt Verwaltung
Tim Arthur (Mr.)
THE CENTRE FOR INTEGRATED PHOTONICS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU-Beitrag
€ 689 219
Adresse
B55 Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath
IP5 3RE Ipswich, Suffolk
Aktivitätstyp
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Kontakt Verwaltung
Leigh Hepplethwaite (Ms.)