Reflex Photonics launches a line of Optical Testers to simplify testing of its LightABLE rugged transceivers and of optical interconnects.

The Optical Testers are the perfect vehicle for testing and experiencing the LightABLE SR4 and SR12 transceiver modules.

Recognizing the need for a ready-made test bench for its line of transceiver modules, Reflex Photonics introduces a complete line of Optical Tester for BER measurements on the LightABLE™ SR4 and SR12 rugged embedded transceivers and optical interconnects.
Currently, Reflex Photonics offers these different optical test instruments:

Optical Tester SR4 40G (Enables BER measurement)
Optical Tester SR12 120G (Enables BER measurement)
Optical Generator/Tester SR12 120G (Generates PRBS and includes BERT capability)

The Reflex Photonics Optical Testers will speed up the LightABLE performance validation and confirm successful integration into your system as it enables BER and eye diagram tests over the SR4 and SR12 transceivers. In addition, those products will enable your communication system BER assessment.
The Optical Generator/Tester integrates a PRBS (pseudo random bit signal) generator and an embedded BER measurement capability. This instrument acts like a BERT as it will directly perform optical communication system BER assessment. It will also act as an optical cross-connect OXC.

Dr. Jocelyn Lauzon, V.P. Engineering at Reflex Photonics adds: 

These products offer an efficient, proven, and elegant ready-made solution that takes the guesswork out of testing performance and functionality of Reflex Photonics’ LightABLE.
Obviously, you can do the characterization of our transceiver, but if you replace the loopback cable by a bi-directional parallel optic communication system, the Optical Tester can be used to characterize the performance of a whole communication system. The communication bit rate and protocol can be changed, so the Optical Tester can be used to test different system architectures.

Reflex Photonics is proud to announce new operating temperature absolute rating on the LightABLE

LightABLE embedded transceiver

Reflex Photonics has proven that its LightABLE™ multichannel 120 Gbps* rugged optical transceivers can withstand temperature ranging between −55 ºC and 100 ºC, thus reaffirming Reflex Photonics commitment in delivering first-in-class optical modules for harsh environment applications. 
Reflex Photonics is relentlessly testing its line of LightABLE transceivers and constantly improving their ruggedness.

Guillaume Blanchette, product manager, says:
We are quite excited to announce that our LightABLE transceivers can withstand temperature ranging between −55 ºC and 100 ºC. This result reaffirms the reliability of the Reflex Photonics LightABLE transceivers and the suitability of these products for field deployment in harsh environments such as those found in military and space applications.

* SR12 version

Military Embedded Systems magazine interviews Mr. Gerry Persaud, V.P. Business Development

Mariana Iriarte, Associated Editor for Military Embedded Systems interviews Mr. Gerry Persaud, V.P. Business Development of Reflex Photonics on the challenges in the design process and where designs are trending for embedded optical modules.


Gerald Persaud V.P. Business Development

Embedded optics enabling higher bandwidth computing

Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems are driving the need for higher bandwidth computing and engineers have turned to ruggedized fiber optics to meet that demand. In this Q&A with Gerald Persaud, Vice President, Business Development at Reflex Photonics, discusses the challenges in the design process and where designs are trending for embedded optical modules; VITA Standards; and how secure communications, ISR, and radar systems are taking advantage of the technology.…Read the full article

Reflex Photonics LightABLE embedded transceiver demonstrate their ruggedness with successful Accelerated Life Testing.

LightABLE being subjected to Accelerated Life Testing

Reflex Photonics is proud to announce that its LightABLE™ LH Series SR4 full-duplex 4 lane transceiver have proven they can withstand 2000 hours of “Lifetime Test” with no degradation of their performance. The successful completion of this industry-standard test is a first step in Reflex Photonics’ comprehensive space qualification program for its rugged transceivers.
A group of modules from the LightABLE LH product series were submitted to a “Lifetime Test” against MIL-STD-883J, method 1005, cond. D, June 2013. The test is conducted at a case temperature of 100 °C, 15 °C more than the recommended maximum operating temperature.
These units were tested against Reflex Photonics’ final production test procedure on all 8 channels, at different intervals, and at 3 different operating temperatures: −40 °C, 23 °C, and 85 °C. Even after 2000 hours of exposure to 100 °C temperatures, the LightABLE units maintained their high operational performance.

This result confirms the long-term reliability of the Reflex Photonics LightABLE transceivers and the suitability of these products for field deployment in harsh environments such as those found in military and space applications.
The LightABLE products are parallel optic interconnects operating at 10 Gbps per lane and offering the following features: small SWaP, operation over a large temperature range
(-40 °C to 85 °C), storage temperature from -57 °C to 125 °C. The LightABLE can be surface mounted or plugged on a board, and will support high temperature reflow process and operation with a link budget better than 13 dB.

Mr. Jocelyn Lauzon, Product Line Manager at Reflex Photonics adds:

When products are exposed to temperature stresses in the field, Accelerated Life Testing is used to simulate product life. In order to accelerate aging, products are tested at temperatures above that of their normal operating temperature.
Defects or failure that would only show up after many years in the field at normal operating temperatures can be detected in short times in an Accelerated Life Test.

Reflex Photonics is leading the IFES Market with new SNAP12 high-performance transceiver

SNAP12 embedded transceivers

Major aircraft companies looking for the best signal quality and bandwidth in their in-flight entertainment systems turn to the SNAP12 embedded transceiver for its ability to distribute the highest quality content at blazing speed.
Reflex Photonics, a leader in optical interconnects for IFES, has extended the quality and performance of the SNAP12 product family up to 75G in both commercial and industrial grade (−40°C to 85°C). This improved performance can extend the life of existing EVOP system and improve the performance at no extra cost for airliner. These modules underwent extensive testing to meet requirements for harsh environments. The Reflex’s SNAP12 are 100% compatible with the industry standards.
SNAP12 are 12 channel parallel optical modules with a standard chassis mount MPO interface. They are self-contained electrical-to-optical converters requiring no internal fiber management or handling.

Luis Perez, Sales Engineer, says:

The SNAP12 is the only solution that offers the best signal quality with no latency for the increasingly demanding IFES features such as Wi-Fi and cell phone support.
In addition, SNAP12 brings fault tolerance, reduces weight, and offers EMI/EMC and lightning tolerance over copper interconnects. There is no comparison… Reflex Photonics also keeps improving the SNAP12 performance with the planned development of a 120G version.


Note that Reflex Photonics representatives will be available for meetings at Aircraft Interior Expo in Hamburg Germany. Please contact Sales to book appointments.

Reflex Photonics to show its LightCONEX active optical backplane connector at OFC2017

LightCONEX is a backplane interconnect solution that integrates a multilane optical transceiver into a small, rugged board-edge connector to enable easy circuit card replacement and simplify system upgrades. This new connector reduces system cost and complexity as it requires no onboard optical cables or cable routing features. As well, it frees up board space by integrating the optical transceiver into the board edge connector. Its rugged construction ensures error free data transmission under severe shock, vibration, and temperature extremes.
The LightCONEX is offered as a 4-lane full-duplex transceiver or a 12-lane transmitter or receiver operating at up to 25 Gbps per lane over a temperature from –40°C to 85°C and occupies a very small volume of 24 (L) × 14 (W) × 5 (H) mm. It is mounted on the plug-in module board via a 1 mm high LGA socket and its output connector is compatible with the VITA 66.4 backplane aperture standard.
The LightCONEX finds applications in optical backplanes, routers, switches, and VPX systems, like those deployed in high performance embedded computing systems for civilian and military command and control monitoring systems.

Reflex Photonics VP of Product Management, Gerald Persaud said:

Today’s high performance computers demand numerous high bandwidth optical interconnects that uses the least space at the lowest system cost. LightCONEX is the first optical interconnect solution to meet these needs in the super competitive high performance embedded computing market.

You are invited to see a live demonstration of the LightCONEX and other Reflex Photonics products such as the LightABLE rugged transceiver, SNAP12, QSFP, and CFP. 
Come visit us at OFC 2017, Booth #3939 from March 21 to March 23 2107.


Fonds de solidarité FTQ and Gestion AD Invest $3.5 Million in Reflex Photonics

Fonds de solidarité FTQ and Gestion AD Invest $3.5 Million in Kirkland-Based Reflex Photonics

From left to right:
Mr. Charles Sylvestre, Senior Director, Investments – Information Technology, Telecommunications and Environment -Fonds de Solidarité FTQ
Mr. Noël Dubé, President and CEO -Reflex Photonics
Mr. Francis Scarpaleggia, Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Louis
Mr. Jean-Philippe Brassard, Regional Director, Greater Montréal Business Office -Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

In order to allow Reflex Photonics to acquire cutting-edge infrastructure and equipment for its continued growth, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ is investing $3 million in the company’s growth. For its part, Gestion AD is investing  $500,000. This co-investment is part of the “Fonds de solidarité FTQ Investissements technologiques partnership” launched in 2012. Total investments of $5.5 million in the company from all financial partners will allow to consolidate 24 jobs and create 14 more. At the same time, Lac-St-Louis MP Francis Scarpaleggia announced a $500,000 refundable contribution from Canada Economic Development. 

Electronic Design magazine: Optical Goes Small and Rugged


William Wong from Electronic Design magazine writes about the exciting introductions made by Reflex Photonics at VITA’s Embedded Tech Trends 2017.

Optical Goes Small and Rugged

Reflex Photonics’ LightABLE series delivers up to a dozen 10-Gbit/s transmit and receive optical channels that are used in a range of rugged boards.

VITA’s Embedded Tech Trends 2017 conference was host to a range of new optical announcements.
Optical connectivity has significant advantages in electrically noisy, rugged environments. It does not have the crosstalk and distances issues that copper does. Optical connections are able to run faster and over longer distances, making them more desirable in rugged, embedded applications. Copper will still be used when possible because of its lower cost, but… Read the full article

Reflex Photonics to present a paper at the 9th NATO Military Symposium

A paper written by Mr. Michel Têtu, Gerald Persaud, Jocelyn Lauzon, and Dave Rolston and entitled On-Board Rugged Optical Interconnects for Embedded Computing Systems in C4ISR applications will be presented at the SET-241 Symposium to be held within the 9th NATO Military Sensing Symposium in Quebec City on May 31st to June 2nd, 2017.

Summary of the article

For military and aerospace applications, the C4ISR approach (Command, Control, Compute, Communicate, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) is mandatory for almost instantaneous high end decision making. This process requires the collection and processing of signals generated by a large amount of sensors of various configurations like active electronically scanned array radar, high resolution cameras, sonars and so on. These primary analog signals are digitized and transmitted to a high performance embedded computing unit (HPEC) for data fusion and processing through high bit rate communication links.

Symposium on 9th NATO Military Sensing Symposium [SET-241] 
Québec City

Learn more about the SET 241