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.

New SNAP12 120G for machine vision and avionic IFES applications with operation temperature rating up to 95 ºC.

New SNAP12 120G for machine vision and avionic IFES applications with operation temperature rating up to 95 ºC.

Reflex Photonics is proud to announce the launch of new SNAP12 120G modules targeting advanced manufacturing, industrial automation, and machine vision markets. The operation temperature now ranges from −40 ºC to 95 ºC. Reflex Photonics is also continuously improving its SNAP12 range for its current inflight entertainment system (IFES) clients.
This SNAP12 is directly addressing technical needs brought by the increasing data bandwidth demand of high-speed and high-resolution machine vision systems developed to tackle advanced manufacturing and automation challenges.
Reflex Photonics’ new SNAP12 are offered in both commercial (0 ºC to 70 ºC) and industrial operating temperatures (−40 ºC to 95 ºC) ranges at speeds up to 120 Gbps with data rate up to 10.3125 Gbps per lane. These modules underwent extensive testing to meet requirements for harsh environments and are 100% compatible with the industry standards.

SNAP12 are 12-lane 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. This is important for clients that prefer not to handle fragile optical cables. The simplicity and performance of SNAP12 makes them ideal module for many avionics, defense, industrial automation, and medical applications.

Guillaume Blanchette, product manager, adds:

Reflex Photonics is eager to support customers with their advanced manufacturing, automation, and machine vision designs and applications.
Reflex Photonics’ SNAP12 optical modules continue to be the product of choice for commercial avionic inflight entertainment systems.
We are committed to long-term support for the SNAP12 and to the broadening of this product line for higher data rates and I/O.

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 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.