Reflex Photonics launches LightVISION optical transceiver with MPO interface for Avionics market

Reflex Photonics is proud to introduce the LightVISION optical transceiver solution for in-flight entertainment and communication (IFEC) and avionics systems.

The LightVISION was developed specifically in response to the airlines’ increasing demand for higher bandwidth optical communication in a compact size. Taking advantage of theLightVISION speed rates, IFEC systems manufacturers and airlines can design flexible and scalable platforms, which in term, help them maximize their investment by extending the lifecycle of the in-flight entertainment architectures.

The innovative LightVISION is a compact, screw-in, robust, and RoHS parallel optical module with standard MPO interface that offers performance superior to current optical interconnect technologies such as QSFP+ and SNAP12.

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. In addition, 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. It is offered in both commercial and industrial temperature grades, with the industrial grade modules able to operate at temperatures of up to 100 ºC.

Reflex Photonics’ Manager of Avionic and IFEC Industry, Luis Perez comments:

The LightVISION optical transceiver solution has been engineered with the needs of the IFEC market in mind. As a consequence, it can be easily designed-in any optical avionic-related architecture that requires less weight, small size, less wiring, high speeds, and ruggedness. Due to its small-form factor, the LightVISION modules occupy up to 7 times less space than other optical solutions, which really makes the difference in IFEC systems.

Reflex Photonics LightABLE transceivers now offer interoperability with all types of multimode optical modules

Reflex Photonics is proud to announce that its LightABLE line of rugged transceivers has demonstrated full interoperability with all types of multimode optical modules.
In tests conducted by Reflex Photonics, the Low Output Power multilane variant of the LightABLE transceivers demonstrated interoperability with single-lane SFP+ and multilane optical modules such as QSFP.

LightABLE LM embedded transceiver. Part of the LightABLE family of rugged transceivers

Added flexibility in interconnect design

This addition to the LightABLE family of rugged transceivers is significant for optical interconnect designs, as single-lane devices like SFP+ cannot receive the higher transmission power from multilane devices. With the Low Output Power LightABLE transceivers, there is no need to connect only multilane to multilane devices. Now, one device can connect to any types of optical modules.

Compliance with Standards

Reflex Photonics’ Low Power multilane LightABLE transceivers meets the full operating specifications for single and multilane devices compliant to IEEE802.3xx. They are particularly well suited for the following applications and markets: high performance computing, AESA radars, media adapters, and optical networks for aircraft, ships, and land vehicles.

Reflex Photonics’ V.P. Business Development, Gerald Persaud comments:

The new Low Power multilane variant of our LightABLE family of transceivers is good news for system designers that have a mix of single and multilane modules in their system. It simplifies optical interconnect design and eliminates errors caused by multilane devices driving excessive power into single-lane devices. In addition, these devices will interoperate with older optical modules that cannot receive the higher transmission power from multilane optical modules.

Test fleet data gathering for AI training of future Level 5 autonomous vehicle

The global automotive industry advances rapidly toward fully autonomous (Level 5) vehicles.

The global automotive industry advances rapidly toward fully autonomous (Level 5) vehicles. Today, many competing data gathering fleets of vehicles are logging millions of km on the roads of the world in order to amass the data required to feed and train the AI that will enable full vehicle autonomy. The detection accuracy and the size of the dataset demanded by those safety-critical training systems is very high, as is the bandwidth, performance, and reliability of the high-speed links providing the data collecting backbone of these vehicles.

Description of the application

The data gathering  systems used in those vehicles are expected to operate flawlessly irrespective of weather conditions, visibility, or road surface in order to improve data quality and accuracy.

Training a roadworthy algorithm

Neural networks need to be trained on representative datasets that include examples of all possible driving, weather, and situational conditions to ensure reliable, flawless operation of the future self-driving vehicles.

Gathering data

In order to amass as much driving environment data as possible, a typical data-gathering vehicle setup consists of a multitude of sensors including cameras, radar and lidar, giving the vehicle 360-degree data gathering capability. In practice this translates into petabytes of training data being shuttled from sensors, to computer, to storage over the vehicle’s high-speed, hight-bandwidth data collection networks.

Obviously, the exact instrumentation details of specific manufacturers or suppliers are not in the public domain. But one can reasonably assume that the amount of data generated and the speed at which it is generated demand a very robust and high-bandwidth system.

Benefits of using LightVISION VM industrial optical transceivers

  • Bandwidth from 50G (4 TX or 4 RX lane) to 150G (12 TX or 12 RX lane)
  • Lightweight and easy to integrate optical cable
  • Multimode 850 nm wavelength laser
  • Standard MPO parallel fiber connector.
  • Available in commercial (0 ºC to 70 ºC) and industrial (–40 ºC to 100 ºC) grade temperature ranges.
  • Suitable for harsh environment and automotive applications
  • Standard MTP/MPO cable connection
  • RoHS, robust, screw-in board-mounted optical module with reduced footprint
  • Low power consumption: <100 mW per lane
  • Over 100 m reach on OM3 ribbon fiber

Application developed in partnership with AED Engineering.

Transceiver used in this application

LightVISION VM industrial optical module

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Optical technology is the only way to ensure rugged, reliable, high-bandwidth data collection.

High bandwidth needs calls for optical

The data collection network and computing systems of these vehicles are expected to:

  • Connect LIDAR and radars.
  • Connect high-resolution cameras.
  • Provide centralized processing power and storage.
  • Operate in harsh environments.

Eliminating the network bottleneck

By offering much higher speed that what is available with copper interconnects, optic fiber data links remove the bottleneck in the data collection network and enable high-quality uncompressed data to be stored in the vehicle.

By removing bottlenecks in the data path, the optical link is the ideal backbone of a data gathering system.
By removing bottlenecks in the data path, the optical link is the ideal backbone of a data gathering system.

By removing bottlenecks in the data path, the optical link is the ideal backbone of a data gathering system.

LightVISION VM with LightSNAP interface

 

The LightVISION VM is a screw-in, robust, industrial and RoHS optical module with LightSNAP interface that answers all the requirements of high bandwidth data gathering application.

The LightVISION VM is a screw-in, robust, industrial and RoHS optical module with LightSNAP interface that answers all the requirements of high bandwidth data gathering application.
The LightVISION VM acts like a QSFP+ but offers reduced dimensions and power consumption, industrial temperature range, multiple board mounting options, and board mount and edge mount capability. This optical module will outclass QSFP+ on multiple front and it is backed by Reflex Photonics proven reliability and rugged design.
LightSNAP adds a standard MPO pluggable optical interface to the LightVISION VM optical module. This combination allows a standard MPO cable to be plugged into the optical module and also mounted on the face-plate of a box or line-card.

Optical Interconnect Design Challenges in Space

Guillaume Blanchette, Space Industry Manager, and
David Rolston, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Reflex Photonics

Reprinted with permission from Aerospace & Defense Technology, September 2018.

Designers of fiber interconnect solutions have to consider space radiation attacks.

More and more aerospace applications are incorporating fiber optics technology into their designs due to its many advantages over copper. The thinner fiber solutions provide higher speed over a longer distance, are more reliable, offer higher noise immunity and, in many cases, lower the cost of ownership. Additionally, for the same diameter, fiber can pack more data than copper. Fiber is faster than the category 5 and 6 copper cables, approaching the speed of light (31% lower). For copper, pushing the speed beyond 1G is a challenge, but for fiber 10G is quite common. Copper is limited by distance. Usually, signal degradation with copper will occur after about 90 meters (2.7 km maximum for custom systems), while fiber can achieve more than 1.5 km without a problem and can deliver over 80 km depending on transmission signal quality.

Perhaps the most significant advantage of fiber is that it is not affected by electrical noise because the transmission uses light instead of electrical signals. The typical electromagnetic interference (EMI) that affects copper cables will not be encountered with fiber optics. Over time, the copper will also degrade and have worse signal-to-noise ratio
Compared with copper, a fiber system can be very efficient. In the case of a fiber-based Ethernet connection, more than 99.5% of the signal can be delivered to the Ethernet hub. Different types of convertors can be used to convert signals from the popular unshielded twisted pair (UTP) Ethernet connections over fiber cable, so many lower speed UTPs can be combined to achieve, for example, 100/120 Gigabits.

Challenges of Fiber Interconnect Design in Space

According to NASA, space radiation is made up of three kinds of radiation: particles trapped in the Earth’s magnetic field; particles shot into space during solar flares (solar particle events); and galactic cosmic rays, which are high-energy protons and heavy ions from outside our solar system (Figure 1). This adds up to ionizing radiation, proton and gamma ray attacks. These attacks have a major impact on electronic circuits, described as the total Ionizing Dose (TID) effects, which is measured in rad (radiation absorbed dose). Note that 1 rad = an absorbed energy of 0.01 J/kg of material, and 1 gray = 100 rads. The impact of exposure to space radiation ranges from degradation of performance to total malfunction. In space, one would imagine that the results can be quite serious.

The environment in space is harsh and demanding. Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) devices have to be able to endure the extreme temperature swings and the constant vibration. Failure is not an option in a space mission. Adding to this is the challenge to deliver maximum performance with minimum space, weight and power (SWaP), high mean-time-between-failure (MTBF), and reliability.

Designing for aeronautics is very different than designing for the earth environment. Aeronautical applications, such as spacecraft, satellites, and military aircraft are much more challenging. Designers of fiber interconnect solutions have to consider specific requirements to deal with those challenges. The three major challenges are:

  • Space radiation attacks
  • Operation in harsh environment
  • Achieving space, weight and power requirements (SWaP) and reliability
Spacecrafts experience constant attacks of space radiation from magnetic fields, solar flares and galactic cosmic rays.

Figure 1. Spacecrafts experience constant attacks of space radiation from magnetic fields, solar flares and galactic cosmic rays.

Best Practices for Optical Interconnect Design

paceABLE is a radiation-resistant optical transceiver created by Reflex Photonics. The modules measure less than 3 cm2 and weigh less than 15 g.

Figure 2. SpaceABLE SM is a radiation-resistant optical transceiver created by Reflex Photonics. The modules measure less than 3 cm2 and weigh less than 15 g.

Defend Against Radiation with Radiation-Resistant Design

What are the design considerations to meet the requirements as described above? It is important to defend against the radiation from ionizing, gamma, and other attacks. There are several methods to protect the device from radiation, including shielding, error correction, and using radiation-resistant components, which some refer to as radiation hardening. Shielding works for low-level radiation. Error correction works if the amount of radiation only temporarily impacts the device. However, heavy error correction will slow down the performance of the device.

Increasingly, more designs are incorporating radiation-resistant components to protect the device. Radiation-resistant silicon uses a different approach from the typical semiconductor wafers. The common approach is silicon on insulator (SOI) and silicon on sapphire (SOS), which enable radiation-resistant components to withstand an attack of ionizing radiation. While commercial-grade silicon can withstand between 50 and 100 gray (5 and 10 krad), radiation-resistant solutions can withstand 5 to 1000 times more depending on the types of components involved (Figure 2).

Design to Work in Harsh Environments and Follow Standardization

For the interconnect devices to survive in harsh environments, in addition to radiation resistance, they must include other parameters that may not be required for commercial-grade components. This includes meeting requirements for shock and vibration as specified in MIL-STD 883. It is strongly recommended that the devices be sealed from moisture and thermal shock within a wide range of operating temperature (typical -40°C to +100°C). Keep in mind that some devices may slow down when the temperature goes to the extreme, so it is important to measure sustained performance at those temperatures.

A different view of the SpaceABLE fiber-optic transceiver shows the connector for fiber-optic cable connection. At the bottom is the view of the ball grid array (BGA) for surface mount soldering.

Figure 3. A different view of the SpaceABLE SM fiber-optic transceiver shows the connector for fiber-optic cable connection. At the bottom is the view of the ball grid array (BGA) for surface mount soldering.

Designing or selecting open standard-based (VITA 66) interconnect devices ensures that the solutions will follow the lifespan of the standards and will not be easily obsoleted, as is often the case in proprietary or custom designs. To ensure that the devices meet minimum standards, they should meet – but are not limited to – the following industry standards:

  • MIL-STD-883, Method 2007.3 (vibration tests)
  • MIL-STD-883, Method 2002.4 (mechanical shock tests
  • MIL-STD-883, Method 1011.9 (thermal shock tests)
  • MIL-STD-202, Method 103B (damp heat tests)
  • MIL-STD-810, Method 502.5 (cold storage tests)
  • MIL-STD-883, Method 1010.8 (thermal cycling tests)
  • MIL-STD 883 (shock and vibration)
  • MIL-STD-883G, Method 1019.7 (total Ionizing Dose and Cobalt 60 gamma rays tests)
  • Total Non-Ionizing Dose (TNID) tests
  • Open VITA 66 standards
  • ECSS-Q-ST-60-15 Space Assurance

Achieving SWaP and Reliability

Weight becomes increasingly significant in space transportation and applications. The cost of sending 1 kg is estimated to be $50,000. Designing products to achieve optimal SWaP and high reliability with high MTBF is always the ultimate goal.

In space and military missions, failure cannot be tolerated. Satellites will be in orbit for many years, and repairing failed parts is not only difficult but also very costly. Therefore, designing for compact-size, ruggedness and high reliability will help developers stay competitive in the race to space. For example, the SpaceABLE interconnect solution with multiple lanes can yield as much as 150 Gbps. For reliability, a combination of sealing, ruggedness and radiation-resistant design plays into the longevity of the device. Its lifespan can range from a few years to over 20 years. The total cost of ownership including maintenance can be kept to a minimum with high-reliability devices.

Conclusions

Aeronautical applications face many design challenges that are unique to their intended environment. The best practices for optical interconnect design for space applications include the use of radiation-resistant technology to defend against space radiation, the use of components and devices that are designed to operate in harsh environments, and meeting SWaP and long-term reliability requirements. Finally, it is recommended to follow open standards like VPX and to look for solutions that comply with MIL and quality standards.

Reflex Photonics launches 28G rugged embedded optical modules with integrated CDR.

Reflex Photonics is proud to announce the launch a new line of rugged optical modules offering up to 28 Gbps per lane for defense applications.
This line of optical modules consists of the LightABLE28 mid-board transceiver and the LightCONEX28 active optical blind mate connector.

LightABLE28 rugged transceiver

These devices are compatible with QSFP28 firmware, thus, enabling a seamless migration to small, chip sized optical transceivers that are less than one fifth the size of a QSFP28 module. As well, these parts support 100G Ethernet and other protocols over 4 full duplex optical lanes.
The 28G optical modules are highly integrated with CDRs, equalizers and pre-emphasis to compensate for jitter and high frequency signal attenuation. The transceivers offer excellent error free transmission as they can be mounted close to electrical drivers to mitigate electrical signal distortions.

Rugged devices

The new 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.

Applications

Applications for the new 28G optical transceivers include high performance computing, AESA radars, media adapters, and optical networks for aircraft, ships, and land vehicles.

Reflex Photonics’ VP of Business Development, Gerald Persaud comments:

Reflex Photonics’ 28G transceivers offers an excellent migration path for next generation systems that needs to do more, with less SWaP. We continue to build on our rugged technology base by doubling data rates with no compromise to reliability, long life, and error free transmission.

Mr. Tullio Panarello joins Reflex Photonics’s management staff

Reflex Photonics is proud to announce that Mr. Tullio Panarello has joined its management team as Executive President.

Tullio Panarello, Executive President

Mr. Panarello will be responsible for creating, planning, implementing, and integrating the strategic direction adopted by Reflex Photonics.  It is also the responsibility of the Executive President to ensure that the organization's leadership maintains constant awareness of both the external and internal competitive landscape, opportunities for expansion, customer base, markets, new industry developments and standards, as well as to streamline procedures in the operations. Tullio shall continue to steer Reflex Photonics in the direction set forth by the CEO of the company, as Mr. Dubé undertakes the expansion of international networks and alliances of Reflex Photonics.

Mr. Panarello has been an Executive Manager for over 20 years. He has gained international business experience in high tech companies, and has extensive operating experience with P&L responsibility for businesses in excess of $150M.

Mr. Panarello holds numerous patents and has an MBA from Queen’s University and a Masters in Engineering Physics from McMaster University. Before joining Reflex Photonics, Mr. Panarello has held upper management positions with Stratuscent Inc, Solantro Semiconductor Corp, and ESI.

Noël Dubé, CEO, comments:

I am thrilled that Tullio has joined our team. He shares our values and our focus on innovation. He has shown himself to be an extraordinary leader throughout his career and has a proven track record. Reflex Photonics will greatly benefit from Tullio’s vast expertise in general management, product marketing, engineering management as well as business development.

Reflex Photonics launches a new line of 28 Gbps per lane, radiation-resistant optical modules for space applications.

Reflex is proud to announce the launch of a new line of radiation-resistant optical modules offering up to 28 Gbps per lane.
This line of optical modules consists of the SpaceABLE28 transceiver and the SpaceCONEX28 board-edge, active optical blind mate interconnect.

Radiation resistant devices

Reflex Photonics’ radiation resistant 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. 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)).

The epitomy of SWaP

The space community slowly evolves from an era of mega-projects and unlimited budgets to a dynamic commercial industry that can support multiple business.
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.
In this context, the advantages of Reflex Photonics’ radiation-resistant line of 28G devices are quite obvious. The small, lightweight, high-bandwidth SpaceABLE28 parallel optical transceiver modules and SpaceCONEX28 interconnects offer extremely high aggregate data rates (over 100 Gbps, full duplex), with modules that are less than 1.5 cm3, weigh less than 5 g and consume less than 120 mW/lane. These two new devices complement our family of radiation-resistant optical devices, that includes our SpaceABLE 50G and SpaceABLE 150G, which have already been chosen to provide optical connection for new generation high throughput communication satellites.

Guillaume Blanchette, PM at Reflex Photonics adds:

Once again, Reflex Photonics reaffirms its innovative approach and commitment to the space industry by supplying very high communication density devices in a very compact, rugged, and radiation resistant package. The SpaceABLE28, 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 space applications.
Reflex Photonics’ parallel optical modules allow you to reduce the power consumption budget on your satellite board-to-board or payload-to-payload connectivity.

Optical interconnect for upgraded military aircraft sub-systems

The LightABLE is now used in numerous sub-systems of the recently upgraded SH-60K of the Japan Self-Defense Forces.

The LightABLE is now used in numerous sub-systems of the recently upgraded SH-60K of the Japan Self-Defense Forces.

Military aircraft either consist of rotary-wing or fixed-wing aircraft that are used for combat or surveillance missions, or for the transportation of military personnel and supplies. Many of the global military aircraft fleets are designed to be in service for decades.
Nowadays, because of budget constraints, defense administrations are focusing on upgrading and retrofitting the existing fleet of aircraft with advanced avionics, flight control, weapons, and other systems to make their aircraft more efficient and keep pace with the changing nature of modern warfare.
In addition, several surveillance systems are being installed in airplanes as emergency warning systems to enhance aircraft situational awareness of pilots and reduce their workload.
Special mission airplanes and UAVs are also being deployed for reconnaissance and surveillance missions across land and maritime borders, which necessitates the retrofitting of communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS) systems into existing military fleets.

Benefits of using optical LightABLE transceivers

  • Small: Less than 5 mm high
  • Rugged: MIL-STD 883 shock and vibration qualified
  • Sealed: Moisture and thermal shock resistant
  • Storage temperature: –57 ºC to 125 ºC
  • Performance: 12.5 Gbps/lane from –40 ºC to 100 ºC
  • BER: As low as 10–15
  • Sensitivity: –12 dBm
  • Proven: Thousands used in aerospace and defense applications
  • Low power consumption: 100 mW/lane

Transceiver used in this application

LightABLE 50G and 150G embedded transceivers

 LightABLE LM 50G and 150G embedded transceivers

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Description of the application

Many of the world’s military forces are renewing their military aircraft fleets to add or improve sub-systems.

Many of the world’s military forces are renewing their military aircraft fleets to add or improve sub-systems.
  • Infrared countermeasures
  • Radar upgrades
  • Situational awareness systems
  • Cockpit data links
  • Communication equipment
  • Integrated flight deck systems
  • Mission management computers
  • Displays, including head-up displays
  • Airborne intelligence gathering systems
  • Precision guidance systems
  • CNS systems

Upgrading with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components and technology

As the industry is forced to become more cost effective in system designs for avionics retrofits, the use of COTS technology becomes more prevalent. COTS avionics components and systems have numerous advantages: they shorten the design cycle, are more affordable and can be used on multiple platforms.
It is expected that the increased utilization of COTS systems in military aircraft will provide growing opportunities for suppliers to enter the military aircraft modernization, upgrade, and retrofit market.

Optical interconnect for modernization, upgrade, and retrofit of military aircraft sub-systems

As explained above, aircraft modernization is needed to maintain a relevant defense system. Optical interconnects delivers the high bandwidth to accommodate AESA (active electronics scanned arrays, high resolution cameras, and other advanced aircraft sub-systems. As well, optical interconnects with its inherent EMI immunity and small SWaP is the interconnect of choice for modern aircraft.
Reflex Photonics’ rugged embedded optical modules with their small footprint, high I/O density, and low power consumption have enabled many aircraft sub-systems to achieve the high performance and reliability needed for aircraft modernization.

Radar warning receiver (RWR)
Missile launch detector (MLD)
Active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.
Mission computers
Head-up display
Multi-function display (PMFD)
Data link
Helmet mounted displays and sights
Cockpit management systems
Targeting systems
Optronic payloads
Optical bus
Optical interconnects with its inherent EMI immunity and small SWaP is the interconnect of choice for modern aircraft.

Optical transceivers upgrade for 100/140 µm aircraft optical cabling

Optical transceivers upgrade for 100/140 µm aircraft optical cabling

The LightABLE embedded optical module can also be used with 100 µm fiber optic cables commonly found in older aircraft, eliminating the need to re-cable the aircraft to achieve higher interconnect bandwidth.
Reflex Photonics has demonstrated 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.

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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