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.

 

Reflex Photonics to Show its LightCONEX Active Optical Backplane Interconnect 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.

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.

The LightCONEX solution 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.

Interface Concept choses LightABLE for new generation Optical FMC cards.

Interface Concept choses Reflex Photonics LightABLE LH SR12 embedded optical transceivers for new generation Optical FMC cards.

Interface Concept, a leading developer and manufacturer of high performance boards and systems for civil and military embedded applications, is launching the Optical FMC IC-OPT-FMCPa, a new generation of FMC board. This new VITA 57.1/57.4 compliant FMC offers up to 120 Gbps of full-duplex bandwidth and can be used with all the FPGA Front End Processing board of Interface Concept.
Reflex Photonics is an advanced developer of rugged high-speed optical transceivers. The LightABLE™ LH Series includes a 12 channel transmitter, a 12 channel receiver, and a 4 channel transceiver. They operate at 10 Gbps/channel in commercial, extended, and industrial operating temperatures. These components can be mounted directly on a high-speed printed circuit board via surface mount technology or via a MEG-array connector.

 

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New Industrial Temperature PPOD and SNAP12 Optical Modules

PPOD TX and RX embedded parallel optic module

Reflex Photonics is proud to announce the launch of new data rate 3/5/6G PPOD and SNAP12 modules with industrial and commercial temperature ratings for harsh environment applications. In addition, Reflex Photonics announces continued support for PPOD and SNAP12 optical modules.
PPOD and SNAP12 are offered in both industrial and commercial operating temperatures (-40 ºC to 85 ºC) at speeds up to 75 Gbps. These modules underwent extensive testing to meet requirements for harsh environments. The Reflex Photonic’s PPOD and SNAP12 are 100% compatible with the industry standards.
PPOD and 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.

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New rugged SNAP12 operates up to 75 Gbps in harsh environments

SNAP12 TX RX embedded transceivers

Reflex Photonics announces an expansion of its SNAP12 optical module product line to include an industrial temp (-40 ºC to 85 ºC) module operating at speeds up to 75 Gbps. The SNAP12 underwent extensive testing to meet requirements for harsh environments. Reflex SNAP12 is 100% compatible with the multi-source agreement.
SNAP12 is a 12 channel parallel optical module with a standard chassis mount MPO interface. It is a self-contained electrical to optical converter requiring no internal fiber management or handling. This is important for manufacturing environments that prefer not to handle fragile optical cables.

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LightABLE successfully completes GR468 and Mil-STD Live Vibration test

LightABLE undergoing vibration testing.

Reflex Photonics proudly announces that its LightABLE™ embedded parallel optic modules (40G SR4 and 120G SR12) have proven they can maintain 10 Gbps/channel live traffic with no errors, while submitted to a severe vibration regime. The small, lightweight LightABLE with its MicroClip™ connector exceeded all expectations, demonstrating superior operation performance in harsh operating environments.
The vibration tests were conducted following the GR-468-CORE Issue 2, referring to MIL-STD-883E, Method 2007.3. This vibration test utilizes sinusoidal waveforms from 20 Hz to 2000 Hz with a peak acceleration of 20 g for 16 minutes and is repeated in all 3 axes with five different units.
This represents a bit error rate (BER) better than 10-13 using a 10 Gbps traffic on each channel for the duration of the test with no error on any channel.

 

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