Reflex Photonics to demo its new line of 28 Gbps per lane rugged embedded optical modules and radiation-resistant optical modules at OFC2019.

Optical networking and communication conference & exhibition

Reflex Photonics will conduct live demonstrations of its new LightABLE28™ and SpaceABLE28™ line of rugged and radiation resistant optical modules offering up to 28 Gbps per lane for defense and space applications at the upcoming Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition (OFC 2019).
This line of optical modules consists of the LightABLE28 mid-board rugged embedded transceiver (the 4TRX module will be demoed) and the LightCONEX28™ active optical blind mate connector, in addition to the SpaceABLE28 and SpaceCONEX28™ radiation-resistant transceiver and board-edge active optical blind mate interconnect.

Rugged devices

The new LightABLE28 28G optical transceivers are intended for harsh environments where reliability is critical and the equipment is under constant stress over its operational life. All parts are qualified to MIL-STD-883J for vibration, thermal cycling, mechanical and thermal shock in addition to damp heat and cold storage, according to MIL-STD-202 and MIL-STD-810 respectively. This level of testing provides confidence that the 28G design withstands the aggressive effects of thermal cycling, moisture ingress, and other environmental conditions.

SpaceCONEX radiation resistant active blind mate interconnect

Radiation-resistant devices

Reflex Photonics’ radiation-resistant or “Space-grade” SpaceABLE28 transceivers are engineered to withstand radiation doses >100 krad (Si) as per the European Cooperation for Space Standardization ECSS-Q-ST-60-15C. The qualification program of the SpaceABLE28 includes the following protocols:

  • Heavy-ion test (Single Event Effect & Latch-up (SEE and SEL)).
  • Cobalt 60 electron source test (MIL-STD-883G, method 1019.7) Total Ionizing Dose (TID).
  • High and low energy protons test (Total Non-Ionizing Dose (TNID)).

Reflex Photonics’ Product Manager, Guillaume Blanchette comments:

Once again, Reflex Photonics reaffirms its innovative approach and commitment to the defense and space industry by supplying very high communication density devices in a very compact, rugged, and radiation resistant package. The LightABLE28, SpaceABLE28, LightCONEX28, and SpaceCONEX28 use LGA mounting; this versatile electrical interface provides a solid screwable attachment to the host board and the interposer thickness is very flexible and can be adapted to fit numerous applications.

You are invited to see a live demonstration of the 28G line of modules and other Reflex Photonics products such as the LightVISION industrial transceiver, and LightCONEX active blind mate interconnect for VPX systems, as well as SNAP12, QSFP, and CFP modules.

Come visit us at OFC 2019, Booth #1841 from March 5 to March 7, 2019.