Reflex Photonics launches a new and unique 24-lane Optical Generator and Switch to support optical system designers.

Reflex Photonics is proud to grow its portfolio of integrated test systems by launching a unique Optical Generator/Switch product that will enable optical system designers to test performance and functionality of Reflex Photonics’ LightABLE™ optical transceivers as used within optical interconnects.
The Optical Generator/Switch is an integrated optical cross-connect (OXC) solution with 850 nm transmitter and receiver interface that features an on-board signal generator operating at up to 12.5 Gbps. It offers 12 TX and 12 RX optical fiber (OM3) lanes that are accessible by 3 standard MPO interfaces.

In generator mode, standard PRBS-31 signals can be generated and emitted at the TX output. The stimulus can be sent throughout a communication system and rooted back to the RX inputs. The integrated chip can perform standard BER tasks and assess optical communication system performance.
In switch mode any of the 12 RX inputs can be bridged to any of the 12 TX outputs and the rooting map is full configurable via a convenient standard I2C port.

The Optical Generator/Switch enables optical system designers to test performance and functionality of LightABLE optical transceivers.

Designed around the standard LightABLE optical engine, the Optical Generator/Switch will also speed up the performance validation and confirm successful integration of LightABLE transmitters and receivers.

The Optical Generator/Switch will be used to:

  • Assess optical signal quality from the LightABLE 12TX.
  • Assess optical communication signal integrity (SI).
  • Test various communication protocols such as Ethernet and Infiniband over the Light
  • Act like an optical cross-connect (OXC).
  • Act like a bit error rate tester (BERT).

Guillaume Blanchette, PM at Reflex Photonics adds:

Our Optical Generator/Switch offers an efficient, proven, and elegant ready-made solution that takes the guesswork out of testing performance and functionality of Reflex Photonics’ LightABLE. The newly-added optical cross-connect function can be used to speed-up your proof-of-concept designs based on the LightABLE and can also serve as a handy lab tool when testing different system architectures.

Reflex Photonics introduces LightVISION rugged optical transceivers for smart car applications.

Reflex Photonics is proud to launch the LightVISION MPO compatible rugged optical transceiver for data gathering vehicle fleets for AI training of future self-driving car applications.

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.

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, high-bandwidth data collection networks.

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

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

Guillaume Blanchette, PM at Reflex Photonics adds:

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.

Reflex Photonics signs a representative agreement with Matec Elektronik to increase its local presence in Turkey.

Reflex Photonics is proud to announce the signing of an agreement with Matec Elektronik to represent and support its products in Turkey.

Matec Elektronikis your solution partner for Military/Aerospace, Industrial and Telecom applications.

Founded in 2011 in Istanbul Turkey, Matec Elektronik is an authorized distributor of world-leading interconnect companies for Turkey and the Middle East.
Matec is a dynamic organization with experienced team members selling and supporting high reliability, high-performance electronic components for niche markets including industrial, military, and space.

Our commitment to provide local support to our fast-growing clientele in Turkey.

Reflex Photonics’ Director of International Sales, Pierre Cardinal comments:

I am very proud to announce the signing of Matec as our representative in Turkey, a strategic market for Reflex Photonics.
Matec Elektronik staff has many years of experience selling and supporting high-tech solutions for space, military, avionic, and industrial applications. They are key in our strategy to grow our presence in the region and more specifically the fast-growing Turkish market. Matec will provide key sales and technical support to our existing and growing customers base in the region.

Matec Elektronik’s President, Mr. Aras Onur Akçay comments:

We are very excited about the opportunity to represent Reflex Photonics’ line of products to our clientele. Reflex Photonics is the leading provider of rugged high-speed optical transceivers and their products are in great demand with our clients specially in the space, avionic, and military sectors.

About Matec

Founded in 2011 and located in Istanbul Turkey, Matec Elektronik is your solution partner for Military/Aerospace, Industrial and Telecom applications. We give service to our valuable customers with highly experienced field-application engineers and inside customer services.
Matec represent the best solutions provider in the electronic industry, including high performance connectors, high-speed optical embedded transmitters, cable, and interconnect companies.

 

Overcome Challenges in Embedded Optical Interconnects Design

Gerald Persaud, V.P. Business Development
David Rolston, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer

This article was also published by Electronic Design magazine. 

Introduction : Optical Technology in Embedded Design

The emergence of IoT in cloud computing and the demand for 4G and 5G networks worldwide are driving the increased use of optical transceivers in a wide variety of applications: business, government, industrial, academic, and cloud servers in public and private networks. Both local area networks (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN) are demanding more bandwidth packed into smaller spaces, and traditional copper interconnects cannot satisfy the insatiable appetite of all the network servers and gateway devices. Furthermore, the next generation of networking devices will need to be even more compact and faster. According to market research firm Radiant Insight, the optical transceiver market will reach $9.9 billion by 2020, three times its 2013 level.

Optical transceivers are the key components which transform electrical signals to light over optical cables. At the receiving end, another optical transceiver will convert the light back to electrical signals as shown in Figure 1. Most transceivers operate with speeds of 10, 40 and 100 Gbps. When higher speed is needed, multiple lanes are used in parallel to deliver the required bandwidth.

Demonstration of conversion of digital data and fiber optic light signals.

Figure 1: Demonstration of conversion of digital data and fiber optic light signals.

What are the Advantages Optical Networks?

Fiber optical networks or embedded communication systems have three key components: the optical transmitter, the fiber optical cable and the optical receiver. As described above, the transmitter converts electrical signals to light using either light-emitting diodes (LED) or laser diodes. At the receiving end, a photodetector is used to convert the light back to electrical signals. A transceiver combines the transmitter and receiver in one module.

The advantages of using fiber optics instead of copper include higher bandwidth, longer distance links, reduced weight, immunity to electromagnetic interference,and increased security.

Applications for Embedded Fiber Optics

Applications for embedded fiber optics are very broad and they often include projects that require very large bandwidth in confined areas, typically co-located with high-speed, high port count FPGAs or ASICs. Many of the civilian and military command and control monitoring systems (C4ISR), radar, FPGA interfaces, multiprocessor interconnects, CCD/CMOS imaging sensor arrays, high fidelity radar imagery, and systems requiring secure communications use fiber optics.

The block diagram of LightABLE LM module represents the typical functions of a transceiver

Figure 2: The block diagram of LightABLE™ LM SR4 module represents the typical functions of a transceiver

Challenges in Designing Embedded Systems with Optical Interconnects

There are three major challenges in designing embedded optical interconnects.

  • Creating an embedded system to support maximum bandwidth with the smallest possible footprint.
  • Designing or selecting the best optical interconnect able to perform in harsh environments with maximum MTBF.
  • Future-proofing the embedded system to maximize the return on system investment.

Balancing performance, space, power, and cost is a constant tradeoff and challenge. The design will depend largely on the bandwidth requirements of the embedded system, which can be a single boardcomputer (SBC) or multiple boards that fit in a chassis. Some of these network systems need to support many Gbps, thus the system design will also depend on the size and throughput of the interconnect. Multiple components may be needed which can increase the size of the SBC or chassis, and power and cooling requirements can also impact the overall system footprint. Many commercial grade optical interconnects operate in a limited temperate range, and cannot handle the shock and vibration of harsh environments, and some systems may need to operate in humid conditions. All these environmental factors will directly or indirectly affect the operational performance and life span of the products. In other words, a high-performance system will typically consume more power and require better cooling resulting in larger size and costing more. Therefore, tradeoff in system design is always an important consideration.

In Search of the Best Fiber Optic Interconnect Solutions

There are many considerations in selecting the best fiber optics interconnect solution, and they often require tradeoffs. The main considerations include investment protection, product performance, form factors, reliability, and integration considerations. The following provides guidelines in selecting or designing optimal embedded fiber optic interconnect solutions.

Standard-based solutions protect purchase investments

System performance is impacted by many factors, and there are a few rules of thumb to bear in mind:

  • The smallest form factor is desirable
  • Always choose rugged and reliable solutions even if they cost more
  • Guidelines for module integration and configuration should be observed

While there are many proprietary designs available, the best approach is to select VITA standard-based solutions because they are supported by a consortium along with a large ecosystem, so the design will be supported with upgrades over time. Additionally, the standard defines the technology and the connector specifications, which enables developers and integrators to select from multiple VITA-based vendors.

System performance is impacted by many factors

Fiber optics technology is capable of providing high-speed, low-latency, long distance communication with no electrical noise interference. However, many factors will impact the true, sustained performance and potential distance of the communication links. These factors include communication error rate, link budget, and receiver sensitivity. Additionally, when doing system design, it is important that full-duplex is part of the equation. Some new configurations can achieve up to 600 Gbps bandwidth, but there is overhead involved which may impact the actual throughput. For example, an unstable transceiver with high error rate will cause the system to perform retransmission which will decrease the overall system performance. The measure of this phenomenon is referred to as bit error rate (BER).

For fiber interconnect device or systems, the minimum BER should be 10-12. Higher performance can be achieved if BER is 10-15 or better. BER of 10-12 means that one error occurs every trillion transmissions. Additionally, a link budget greater than 13 dB with receiver sensitivity of -12dBm are recommended

600G LightCONEX LC plug-in module composed of two 24-lane transceiver side by side.

Figure 3: 600G LightCONEX plug-in module composed of two 24-lane transceiver side by side.

Smallest form factor is desirable

More and more embedded systems including single board computers (SBC) are using a smaller form factor. Therefore, it is important to select modules with the smallest footprint possible. Fiber optics transceiver modules can be as small as 1.3 cm × 1.3 cm (see Figure 4). Additionally, consider low profiles modules with a height of less than 5 mm. This will allow room for the SBC or systems to add additional functions on board.

150G and 300G LightCONEX Optical Transceivers

Figure 4: 150G and 300G LightCONEX Optical Transceivers

Always choose rugged and reliable solutions even when they cost more

Many fiber optics systems are used in harsh environments. As a result, commercial grade products will often fail or, at the minimum, have a shortened service life. It is important to choose solutions that will survive the environments of the target applications. Typical operating temperature should be from -40 °C to 100 °C or better with storage temperature from -57 °C to 125 °C. In addition, if the module consumes less power (100 mW per lane or better), it will create less heat and help achieve better MTBF. Other considerations should include shock and vibration resistance, passing MIL-STD-883 or better. The module should also be sealed to prevent corrosion due to exposure to moisture. As a rule of thumb, it is recommended that products pass the following tests to ensure the highest quality.

MIL-STD-883:

  • Vibration tests, Method 2007.3
  • Mechanical shock tests, Method 2002.4
  • Thermal shock tests, Method 1011.9
  • Thermal cycling tests, Method 1010.8

MIL-STD-202:

  • Damp heat tests, Method 103B MIL-STD-810:
  • Cold storage tests, Method 502.5

Rules for module integration and configuration should be observed

Illustration of a VPX blind mate connector comprising a 24 fiber MT ferrule and 10 RF coaxial connectors. The size of this connector meets VITA 66.4 standard.

Figure 5: Illustration of a VPX blind mate connector comprising a 24 fiber MT ferrule and 10 RF coaxial connectors. The size of this connector meets VITA 66.4 standard.

A well-designed transceiver should take into account the connector choice and location, as well as ease of system integration and configuration. As shown in Figure 5, an active blind mate optical design will make connector mating much easier and reduce the chances of making connection mistakes.

Additionally, there are two other rules to follow when considering connector selection or design. First, follow the VITA 66.5 “Optical Interconnect on VPX, Spring Loaded Contact on Backplane” standard which defines the connector dimensions. Then place the board-edge, plug-in module connector near the edge of the board, integrating an active parallel optic transceiver, and a spring-loaded backplane connector developed for VPX systems (part of the VITA standard) as shown in Figure 6. This approach will limit any additional cabling needed to bring the signals to the edge of the SBC board.

 LightCONEX Active Blind Mate VPX Optical Interconnect

Figure 6: LightCONEX Active Blind Mate VPX Optical Interconnect

The Embedded Interconnects Design Check List

The following paragraph can serve as a check list for ease-of-use.

  • Select solutions based on the VITA standard including VITA Section 6. This applies to the overall systems as well as the connectors.
  • For optimal system performance, select modules with low bit error rate (BER) such as 10-15.
  • Select small form factor modules in the range of 1.5 cm x 1.5 cm, with height profiles less than 5 mm. This will provide extra space for the circuit board.
  • Select rugged and reliable solutions that pass a minimum set of tests including the following:

MIL-STD-883:

  • Vibration tests, Method 2007.3
  • Mechanical shock tests, Method 2002.4
  • Thermal shock tests, Method 1011.9
  • Thermal cycling tests, Method 1010.8

MIL-STD-202:

  • Damp heat tests, Method 103B

MIL-STD-810:

  • Cold storage tests, Method 502.5

Select design/modules that are easy to integrate. These include blind-mate and broad-edge connectors.

Conclusions

The above article has outlined the advantages and challenges of using fiber optical interconnects. To use fiber optic cables, the electrical signals need to be converted to light signals using fiber optic transceivers. While there are many challenges to embedded fiber optics design, the benefits are substantial. The guidelines and design check list provided will help developers select the best solutions for their needs.

Reflex Photonics launches 24-lane 150G full-duplex embedded optical transceivers for high-density Defense and Aerospace applications

Reflex Photonics Inc. has developed compact 150G full-duplex (12+12) 12.5Gbps/lane optical fiber transceivers for harsh environment applications in Aerospace and Defense.
The LightABLE™ LL 150G full duplex devices are designed to be embedded on printed-circuit boards in close proximity to high-speed electronics in high performance embedded computing systems to optimize their operation.
The same transceivers can also be integrated in blind mate interconnects (LightCONEX™), as per VITA 66.5, to free-up more space on the board and reduce optical fiber management.

Maximizing SWaP and versatility

These devices have been designed to maximize SWaP. They are very compact, weigh less than 5 g, and have power consumption as low as 120 mW/lane. In addition, thermal management is optimized through multiple heat dissipation paths in the compact volume of these transceivers.

LightABLE LL 150G (full duplex) rugged transducer

The LightABLE LL modules attach with an LGA socket; a technology that offers high-speed and high-performance electrical interface, height flexibility, screw-in mechanical reliability, and practical insertion/removal capabilities.

The LightCONEX LC 150G full-duplex active blind-mate optical interconnect, based on the OpenVPX™ standards, 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 LightABLE LL and LightCONEX LC finds applications in optical backplanes and VPX systems, like those deployed in high-performance embedded computing systems for civilian and military command and control monitoring (C4ISR) systems.

Reflex Photonics’ Senior Technical Advisor, Jocelyn Lauzon comments:

The full-duplex 12+12 LightABLE and LightCONEX represent a remarkable feat of engineering that illustrates once more Reflex’s mastery of advanced optical design. These modules offer market leading I/O density and satisfy the most stringent SWaP requirements with a minuscule PCB footprint and volume.
We believe this design offers the best “performance/cost per lane” ratio in the industry, as it expands on the proven rugged constructions found in LightABLE TRX4 products, which have been used for many years in harsh environment applications.

A technical paper presenting this transceiver more in depth and entitled High-Density 12 Transmitters Plus 12 Receivers Rugged Optical Fiber Transceivers will be presented at the Avionics and Vehicle Fiber-Optics and Photonics Conference 2018 (AVFOP) on November 14.

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Reflex Photonics signs a representative agreement with Protec GmbH to increase its local presence in Europe.

Reflex Photonics is proud to announce the signing of an agreement with Protec GmbH to represent and support its products in Europe.
Founded in 1976, Protec GmbH is headquartered out of Munich, Germany. This company is devoted to the sale of electronic components for high reliability and niche markets including industrial, military, and space in key European markets.

For more than 30 years, Protec has been a successful specialist supplier of radiation-resistant components for the space industry. They can support almost all requirements in satellite applications. Protec also works closely with manufacturers that are engaged in the growing civil aviation market and continues to support the military market and requirements for military qualified components.

Our commitment to provide local support to our fast-growing clientele in Europe.

Reflex Photonics’ Director of International Sales, Pierre Cardinal comments:

I am very proud to announce the signing of Protec GmbH as our representative in strategic European markets including Germany, Italy, Spain, and Northern European countries.
The Protec staff has many years of experience selling and supporting high-tech solutions for space, military, avionic, and industrial applications. Following the opening of our office in Paris in May 2018, signing Protec GmbH as our representative is key to our strategy to increase our presence in Europe and provide better services and support to our clients.

Protec GmbH’s General Manager, Christian Mayer comments:

We are very excited about the opportunity to represent Reflex Photonics line of products to our clientele. Reflex Photonics is the leading provider of rugged high-speed optical transceivers and their products are in great demand with our clients specially in the space, avionic, and military sectors.

About Protec GmbH

Founded in 1976 and located in Munich, Germany, Protec GmbH is successful in the sale of electronic components for high reliability and niche markets in Europe. We are particularly specialized in highly qualified components for industrial, military and space applications.

Reflex Photonics will exhibit its latest products at the Protec booth at Electronica 2018 Conference held in Munich from November 13 to 16. See us at Hall C4 Booth 140.

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Reflex Photonics will present a paper at AVFOP 2018

A paper written by Gabriel Monette, Saïd El Kharraz, and Jocelyn Lauzon, and entitled High-Density 12 Transmitters Plus 12 Receivers Rugged Optical Fiber Transceivers will be presented at the Avionics and Vehicle Fiber-Optics and Photonics Conference 2018 (AVFOP).

Summary of the article

A novel optical fiber transceiver offering 24 channels at up to 14 Gbps is presented; its external dimensions are 32.3 mm ×13.4 mm × 4.5 mm; it is compatible with the VITA66.4 standard or can be embedded on a host PCB; its operating temperature range is –40°C to 100°C.

Reflex Photonics will be attending the Avionics and Vehicle Fiber-Optics and Photonics Conference (AVFOP) 2018

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Portland, OR, USA 13/11 − 15/11

A white paper has been created with the final version of the paper presented at AVFOP. It is here.

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Reflex Photonics’ SpaceABLE radiation-resistant optical transceivers to successfully reach more than 4000 h of accelerated life test for GEO 20 years life applications.

Reflex Photonics is proud to announce that its SpaceABLE SM radiation-resistant transceivers have exceeded the minimal requirement of 2500 h of accelerated life test for GEO 20 years in-satellite operation with no performance degradation outside measurement uncertainty.
These modules are on their way to successfully complete 4000 h of the same test; having completed 3000 h as of October 19. This confirms the ruggedness of Reflex Photonics’ transceivers and exceeds the very demanding requirements for GEO space applications.

No performance degradation after 3000 h

A group of 18 SpaceABLE SM 50G (4TRX) transceiver modules each having 4 transmitter and 4 receiver lanes, were submitted to a life test against MIL-STD-883J, method 1005, cond. D. The test is conducted at a case temperature and at a bias current significantly exceeding the conditions to be set for long-term intra-satellite operation.
In these conditions, 2500 h of accelerated life tests was calculated to be the minimal requirement to ensure 20 years of reliable 11.5 Gbps per lane performance in typical conditions for GEO intra-satellite communications applications.
Even after 3000 h, no performance degradation outside measurement uncertaintywas observed on any lane of any of the SpaceABLE units under test. The life test will continue until 4000 h is reached, around November 30th. Reaching 4000 h of accelerated life test will offer the long-term reliability margin and confidence level space applications engineers are looking for.

A family of proven rugged transceivers

This result represents one more accomplishment in the list of long-term reliability milestones reached by Reflex Photonics’ LightABLE and SpaceABLE transceiver products family and confirm their suitability for deployment in harsh environments, such as GEO space applications.
The SpaceABLE products are radiation-resistant multilane opto-electronics interconnects operating at up to 12.5 Gbps per lane and offering the following features:

  • Small SWaP
  • Operation over a large temperature range (the maximum range being −40°C to 100°C)
  • Cold start at −57°C
  • Storage temperature from −57°C to 125°C.

The SpaceABLE is offered as a surface mount or pluggable module or can use an LGA (land grid array) interposer. It will sustain high-speed digital communication links of more than 100 m in length.

Reflex Photonics’ Senior Technical Advisor, Jocelyn Lauzon comments:

These life test results exceed our expectations, since our evaluation of critical opto-electronic components included in our fiber optic transceiver circuits suggested a small and manageable performance degradation after 2500 h.
Observing no significant performance degradation as we are, indicates that our circuit design that has already proven its mechanical and radiation robustness also ensures the best possible operation conditions to optimize long-term performances. Reflex’ team of design engineer should be very proud of this major accomplishment.

Reflex Photonics launches midboard LightVISION optical transceiver with MPO interface for increased design flexibility and performance.

Reflex Photonics is proud to introduce the LightVISION midboard optical transceiver solution for high-density servers and tactical data centers. The LightVISION was developed specifically as an alternative to the SNAP12 optical transceiver in response to the demand for higher bandwidth optical communication, higher operating temperatures, more rugged design, and more compact size.

The innovative LightVISION midboard 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 SNAP12 and QSFP+.

High-bandwidth, robust, and flexible

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 and offers convenient and secure optical cabling.
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.

Guillaume Blanchette, Product Manager at Reflex Photonics adds:

The LightVISION midboard optical transceiver solution has been engineered with the objective of improving design flexibility and performance in high-bandwidth communication application. As a consequence, it can be easily designed-in any optical server-related architecture that requires less weight, small size, less wiring, high speed, and ruggedness.

The small-form factor LightVISION midboard modules occupy up to 7 times less space than other optical solutions, which really makes the difference in high-density servers and tactical data centers.

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.