Reflex Photonics to help develop next generation rugged transceivers based on silicon photonics (SiP) research.

Reflex Photonics is proud to announce that we will collaborate with Prof. Michaël Ménard of Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) to build on the technological advantages of silicon photonics (SiP) for optical transceivers.

Reflex Photonics and UQAM have signed a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Engage research agreement to explore the use of SiP in our next generation of rugged embedded transceivers. Silicon photonics technology takes advantage of the manufacturing processes developed by the microelectronic industry to achieve complex high-performance integrated optical systems.
The technology enables innovative embedded transceiver solutions where the optical inputs/outputs (I/O) are implemented at the chip level using integrated silicon optical devices/circuits and micro-optics. SiP also permits the design of optical interconnects transceivers with a small form-factor and low power consumption. However, the implementation of silicon photonic devices brings new challenges, notably with regards to its integration with light sources and the optical fibers. Reflex Photonics wants to explore potential rugged transceiver solutions compatible with its target space and industrial applications and assess the commercial viability of the technology. Engage research grants are short-term research and development (R&D) research collaborations in which universities apply their expertise to address a company challenge. Partnering companies gain by having the expertise of the academics focused on their R&D issues and by discovering what the researchers and the students working with them have to offer. These projects serve as the first step to establishing a longer-term, impactful collaboration.

Reflex Photonics’ Founder, V.P., and CTO David Rolston comments:

Reflex Photonics wants to establish wider range of expertise and research capabilities in collaboration with Prof. Michaël Ménard at UQAM to explore and develop SiP solutions for embedded transceivers.
We think SiP has the potential for advanced and lightweight optical interconnect solutions designed to be robust and qualified for harsher operating environments which is usually required by space and military applications.

About the Université du Québec à Montréal

The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) is a dynamic, open, creative university with an international outreach. It is recognized for the originality and quality of its 300 programs, its cutting-edge research, solidly grounded in social concerns, and its innovation in the arts. Located in the heart of Montreal, UQAM welcomes more than 42,000 students.

Reflex Photonics inaugurates a new office in Paris

Reflex Photonics is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Paris.

Reflex Photonics is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Paris to better serve its growing clientele in Europe.

Reflex Photonics Europe is strategically located in the heart of Paris, a stone-throw from Place Vendôme
The opening represents an important milestone, as Reflex Photonics has been actively looking to strengthen its European offering by increasing its local presence.

Pierre Cardinal, Director of International Sales adds:

The opening of this office illustrates our commitment to the European market. It will enable Reflex Photonics to sustain its growth in the region and offer better support to our local customers in key sectors of aerospace/avionic, defense, and industrial markets.
Building excellent relations with all the strategic players in these markets is essential and our new office is a first step to ensure that Reflex Photonics is better placed to support existing and new clients across the European region.
Furthermore, the newly implemented Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) gives Reflex Photonics improved access in services and government procurement offering duty-free access to these supply chains for global business opportunities.

Representatives of Reflex Photonics will be present at the Canadian Pavilion at the 2018 Eurosatory Defense & Security International Exhibition held in Paris from June 11th to the 15th.

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Reflex Photonics to demo its new radiation–resistant SpaceABLE optical transceivers at Space Tech Expo USA 2018

Reflex Photonics will proudly display and demo its new radiation-resistant SpaceABLE optical transceiver and SpaceCONEX active optical blind mate interconnect for VPX systems at the upcoming Space Tech Expo USA 2018.
The SpaceABLE optical transceivers and SpaceCONEX VPX interconnect have been submitted to the most stringent protocol for heavy-ions, gamma rays, and high and low energy protons to ensure space worthiness of these COTS components.

Reflex Photonics’ radiation resistant or “Space-grade” transceivers and interconnects solutions are engineered to withstand radiation doses >100 krad (Si) as per the European Cooperation for Space Standardization ECSS-Q-ST-60-15C. In addition to the LightABLE rugged transceivers standard qualifications (vibration, mechanical and thermal shock, thermal cycling, and cold storage according to MIL-STD-883 and MIL-STD-810), the SpaceABLE were successfully qualified with the following protocols:

  • Proton testing: Total Non-Ionizing Dose (TNID).
  • Heavy ion testing: Single Event Effect & Latch-up (SEE and SEL).
  • Gamma ray using Cobalt-60: Total Ionizing Dose (TID) (MIL-STD-883G, method 1019.7).

 

The SpaceCONEX is a revolutionary radiation-resistant active optical blind mate interconnect for VPX embedded computing systems; it consists of a plug-in module connector and a backplane connector meeting the requirements of the forthcoming VITA 66.5 standard.

The commercial space industry is slowly emerging from an era of mega-projects and almost unlimited budgets to a become a dynamic industry supporting multiple commercial projects. One such endeavor envisions the deployment of complex satellite networks to deliver global Internet access. This project is made possible by more reliable, lower-consumption, smaller and more powerful computer, and high-speed optical communication systems.

 

The epitomy of SWaP

The advantages of using Reflex Photonics’ line of small, lightweight, high-bandwidth SpaceABLE parallel optical transceiver modules and interconnects inside these satellites are quite obvious: the SpaceABLE modules offer extremely high aggregate data rates (over 150 Gbps), and still, they are less than 1.5 cm3, weigh less than 5 g and consume less than 1.2 W.

Guillaume Blanchette, PM at Reflex Photonics adds:

Reflex Photonics wants to “bring space a little closer” by offering COTS optical transceivers and optical infrastructure that will support the deployment of the Internet of Space and enable the next generation of space exploration.

Come see demos of the space grade radiation-resistantSpaceABLE transceivers and SpaceCONEX active VPX interconnects at Space Tech Expo-USA in Pasadena, CA, USA from May 22ndto 24th(booth 6028).

Space grade, radiation–hardened LightSPACE optical transceivers ushers a new era of global communication.

Reflex Photonics is proud to announce the launch of the space grade radiation-hardened LightSPACE line of products. The LightSPACE optical transceivers have been submitted to the most stringent protocol for heavy-ions, gamma rays, and high and low energy protons to ensure space worthiness of these components.
Reflex Photonics’ radiation hardened or “Space-grade” transceivers are engineered to withstand radiation doses >100 krad as per the European Cooperation for Space Standardization ECSS-Q-ST-60-15C. In addition to the standard LightABLE rugged transceivers standard qualifications (vibration, mechanical and thermal shock, thermal cycling, and cold storage according to MIL-STD-883 and MIL-STD-810), the LightSPACE were successfully qualified with the following protocols:

  • Proton testing: Total Non-Ionizing Dose (TNID) 
  • Heavy ion testing: Single Event Effect & Latch-up (SEE and SEL)
  • Gamma ray using Cobalt-60: Total Ionizing Dose (TID) (MIL-STD-883G, method 1019.7)

The space community is slowly evolving from an era of mega-projects and unlimited budgets to a dynamic commercial industry that can support multiple business.
One such endeavor envisions complex satellite networks to deliver global Internet access. This project is made possible by more reliable, lower-consumption, smaller and more powerful computer and high-speed optical communication systems.
With the cost of sending even just 1 kg into space at over $50 k, the advantages of using the Reflex Photonics’ line of small, lightweight, high-density LightSPACE parallel optical transceiver modules inside these satellites are quite obvious. The LightSPACE modules offer extremely high aggregate data rates (over 150 Gbps) they are less than 3 cm2 and weigh less than 15 g.

Guillaume Blanchette, PM at Reflex Photonics adds:

Reflex Photonics wants to “bring space a little closer” by offering low-cost optical transceivers and optical infrastructure that will support the deployment of the Internet of Space and enable the next generation of space exploration.

Reflex Photonics to demo its LightCONEX 300G Active Blind Mate Optical VPX Interconnect solution at OFC2018

Reflex Photonics will conduct live demonstrations of its new LightCONEX 300G Active Blind Mate Optical VPX Interconnect solution at the upcoming Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition (OFC 2018).
This new module features 12 full-duplex lanes (12+12) offering an aggregated bandwidth of up to 300G in a unique, rugged, small-SWaP, low-cost module, meeting VITA 66 standards.
The LightCONEX solution frees up board space by integrating the optical transceiver into the board edge of the plug-in module connector. The backplane connector, also part of the LightCONEX solution, has a spring-loaded mechanism ensuring optimal optical mating as required in VITA 66.0 standard. The rugged construction of these connectors ensures error free data transmission under severe shock, vibration, and temperature extremes.

The new LightCONEX 12-lane full-duplex transceiver operates at up to 12.5 Gbps per lane over a temperature from –40°C to 100°C and occupies a very small volume and a footprint of (L×W×H) 32 × 14 × 5 mm. The LightCONEX is also offered as a 12-lane transmitter or receiver, as well as a 4-lane full-duplex transceiver.
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 (C4ISR) systems.

Reflex Photonics V.P. of Business Development, 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.
The LightCONEX 12+12 represents a remarkable feat of engineering that illustrates once more Reflex’s mastery of advanced optical design. This module offers market leading I/O density and satisfies the most stringent SWaP requirements with a minuscule PCB footprint and volume.

You are invited to see a live demonstration of the LightCONEX 3U VPX interconnect solution and other Reflex Photonics products such as the LightABLE rugged transceiver, LightVISION industrial transceiver, and LightSPACE radiation hardened transceivers, as well as SNAP12, QSFP, and CFP modules.

Come visit us at OFC 2018, Booth #5731 from March 13 to March 15, 2108.

Reflex Photonics to show its new-generation 150G LightVISION industrial embedded optical transceiver at SPIE Photonics West 2018

Reflex Photonics will proudly launch its new LightVISION industrial embedded optical transceiver solution at the upcoming SPIE Photonics West 2018 exhibition.
The innovative LightVISION is a compact, screw-in, robust, industrial, and RoHS embedded parallel optical module that offers superior performance to current optical interconnect technologies such as QSFP+ and QSFP28.
The LightVISION has been especially designed for data intensive imaging and machine vision applications that require high-resolution cameras, sensors, LIDAR, and surveillance cameras. The LightVISION can be deployed in harsh environments found in smart cars and smart cities applications.

The LightVISION optical interconnect solution can support a bandwidth of up to 150 Gbps over 100 meters. Furthermore, it is offered with a standard MTP/MPO snap-in interface that facilitates its integration into commercial products. The LightVISION is highly flexible: it is offered as a 2 to 12-lane (transmit or receive), or as a 4-lane duplex transceiver. All modules operate at up to 12.5 Gbps per lane at ultra-low bit error rates of 10-15.

Guillaume Blanchette, PM at Reflex Photonics comments:

The LightVISION small-form factor is particularly well suited for the new generation of high-speed, high-bandwidth 40GigE cameras. Its revolutionary technology reduces SWaP and improves overall design and ruggedness of these instruments.
Compared to QSFP+, the Reflex Photonics LightVISION occupies 7 times less space, has multiple board mounting option, and consumes less power.

Reflex Photonics to show its latest LightCONEX 12+12 Active Blind Mate Optical Interconnect solution at ETT 2018

Reflex Photonics will proudly demonstrate its new LightCONEX 12+12 Active Blind Mate Optical Interconnect solution at the upcoming Embedded Tech Trends 2018 forum. This new module features 12 full-duplex lanes offering an aggregated bandwidth of up to 300G in a unique, rugged, small-SWaP, low-cost module, as specified in current and upcoming VITA 66 standards.
LightCONEX is a backplane interconnect solution that integrates a multilane optical transceiver into a small, rugged board-edge plug-in module connector to enable easy circuit card replacement and simplify system upgrades. This connector reduces system cost and complexity as it requires no onboard optical cables handling or routing.

The LightCONEX solution frees up board space by integrating the optical transceiver into the board edge connector. The backplane connector, also part of the LightCONEX solution, has a spring-loaded mechanism ensuring optimal optical mating meeting VITA 66.0 requirements. The rugged construction of these connectors ensures error free data transmission under severe shock, vibration, and temperature extremes.
The new LightCONEX 12-lane full-duplex transceiver operates at up to 12.5 Gbps per lane over a temperature from –40°C to 100°C and occupies a very small volume and a footprint of (L×W×H) 32 × 14 × 5 mm. The LightCONEX is also offered as a 12-lane transmitter or receiver, as well as a 4-lane full-duplex transceiver.
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 (C4ISR) systems.

Guillaume Blanchette, PM at Reflex Photonics comments:

The LightCONEX 12+12 represents a remarkable feat of engineering that illustrates once more Reflex’s mastery of advanced optical design. This module offers market leading I/O density and satisfies the most stringent SWaP requirements with a minuscule PCB footprint and volume.

Reflex Photonics branches out to New Markets with the introduction of two new series of transceivers.

Reflex Photonics is proud to introduce two new lines of products targeting high-end space and industrial applications. Leveraging its expertise in embedded optical communication modules for defense and aerospace, Reflex Photonics is now offering the LightSPACE™ radiation-hardened optical transceivers for space applications and the LightVISION™ robust, screw-in optical module for industrial applications. From terrestrial to space applications and beyond, Reflex is committed to becoming the prime supplier for all demanding optical interconnect applications.

The LightSPACE embedded optical modules are rugged devices engineered to withstand radiation doses as per the European Cooperation for Space Standardization ECSS-Q-ST-60-15C, while offering high bandwidth (greater than 150 Gbps) in a chip-size package.

The LightVISION module is a robust, screw-in, industrial RoHS generic part that could have a variety of optical interfaces such as the LightSNAP. LightSNAP adds a standard MPO pluggable optical interface to the LightVISION module. This approach offers a standard MPO cable connection with a robust, board mounted optical engine providing small size (footprint) and convenient optical cabling at the same time.

Guillaume Blanchette, PM at Reflex Photonics adds:

With the introduction of the LightSPACE and the LightVISION line of products in Q1 2018, we have broadened our portfolio to address the rugged, high-speed optical interconnect needs of equipment developers for space and industrial markets. The growing number of applications we will be able to develop with these new customers is truly exciting.
One such applications is high-speed cameras where the LightVISION will outclass pluggable optical module on environmental requirements, as well as size and power consumption.

Reflex Photonics demonstrates its LightABLE transceivers can drive older 100 µm fiber optic cables, extending aircraft life and reducing upgrade cost.

LightABLE optical transceiver delivers error-free operation at 10 Gbps with older 100 µm fiber thus, alleviating the need to replace the installed optical cables.

Reflex Photonics is proud to announce its LightABLE™ embedded optical module has demonstrated that it can directly drive 100 µm fiber optic cables commonly found in older aircraft, eliminating the need to re-cable the aircraft to achieve higher interconnect bandwidth.
New or upgraded sensors and computer systems offer great benefits to existing military and commercial aircraft but often necessitate interconnect bandwidth of 10 Gbps or more. Unfortunately, replacing older 100 µm optical fibers in aircraft to support this higher bandwidth can be prohibitively expensive. Reflex Photonics solved this problem by demonstrating its LightABLE optical transceiver delivers error-free operation at 10 Gbps with older 100 µm fiber thus, alleviating the need to replace the installed optical cables.
In addition, the LightABLE transceiver will operate with newer 50 µm fiber (OM3, OM4, or OM5) to deliver interconnect bandwidth well beyond 25 Gbps on distances up to 100 m.

Reflex Photonics develops and produces rugged high-speed optical transceivers for Military, Industrial, and Commercial communications. LightABLE is a chip size embedded optical transceiver capable of transmitting or receiving 150 Gbps over 12 parallel lanes in harsh environments where temperatures extremes of -57ºC to 125ºC is common. A unique feature of the LightABLE is its compatibility with low-cost mass production solder reflow processes. Optical modules in general will not survive solder reflow temperatures of 220ºC and must be either socketed or hand soldered. LightABLE reflow ability gives low assembly cost, strong attachment, low profile, and excellent signal integrity.

Gerald Persaud, Vice President of Business Development commented:

We are excited to demonstrate the flexibility of our LightABLE optical module by offering a simple but effective way to upgrade aircraft interconnect bandwidth with no change to the installed fiber plant. This is another example of LightABLE exceeding performance expectations.

Optical transceivers empower wafer defect review system and offer the most viable data transfer solution for advanced machine vision challenges.

Hiigh-speed optical transceivers offer the most flexible solution to the data transfer issues faced by scanning electron microscope (SEM)-based semiconductor defect review system and machine vision integrators.

Reflex Photononics’ high-speed optical transceivers offer the most flexible solution to the data transfer issues faced by scanning electron microscope (SEM)-based semiconductor defect review system and machine vision integrators.
These integrators are faced with the challenge of embedding sensors with high resolution and high frame rates. Furthermore, new intelligent machines with real-time adaptive process enabling more accurate defect classification, also rely on faster and better data transfer. These challenges cannot be met efficiently and reliably with copper-based data transfer solutions: for data integrity, link reliability, and error-free data transfer at rates superior to 10 Gbps, optical link becomes the only viable solution.
The LightABLE SR12 and the SNAP12 embedded transceivers are used to transfer up to 150 Gbps from SEM defect-review system sensor to the system microcontroller or computer. These optical components are tested to give BER under E-15 over -40 ºC to 100 ºC operating temperature range. Our transceivers offer maximum flexibility in terms of board mounting options and facilitate board design. In addition, our optical transceivers can also be used on the control path where they enable sending of control data to help complex process adapt in real time.

Guillaume Blanchette, PM at Reflex Photonics, adds.

The chipmakers defect review challenges are growing as processes move to smaller and smaller node technology like 10 nm and 7 nm. The ability to discriminate killer defect from viable defect rely more and more on high-end imaging techniques.
The sensor resolution and capture speed must increase at the same time to improve the machine throughput and keep capturing the smallest defect efficiently. Only optical interconnect can break the data transfer bottleneck of these advanced defect review systems and machine vision applications.