Reflex Photonics hosts the July VITA Standards Organization meeting

On July 17 and 18, 2019 the VITA-VSO meeting was held in Montreal with Reflex Photonics acting as host.

Over 30 attendees met at Hôtel Montville, a stone throw from Old Montreal, to further the VITA agenda. David Rolston, Senior Technology Advisor from Reflex Photonics presented new advances in blind mate interconnect solutions, including plug-in module and backplane module connectors for VITA aperture 66.4 and 67.3 to add to the new 66.5 standard under completion.

From R&D to R&R

In the evening of the 17th Reflex Photonics organized a diner and cruise on the St-Lawrence river. The cruise took Reflex guests to the best vantage point to appreciate the 35th edition of L’International des Feux Loto-Québecfireworks competition where Montreal’s skies were lit up by the world’s greatest pyrotechnic artists. That night it so happened the United States was competing with the theme “Spirit of the Jungle”.

Michel Têtu, Industry Manager for Standardization commented:

The atmosphere, the meal, the cruise, the fireworks were simply “gorgeous”. All our guests were delighted and warmly thanked us. They will remember this remarkable evening for a long time.

In the afternoon of the 18th, Reflex Photonics invited the VSO meeting attendees to visit its newly expanded installations where they were able to observe the cutting-edge research and production equipment used to design and manufacture the next generation of rugged optical transceivers.

VSO meeting held in Montreal, July 2019
VSO meeting held in Montreal, July 2019
VSO meeting held in Montreal, July 2019

Reflex Photonics launches a new blind mate active optical interconnect product line compatible with VITA and SOSA standards.

Reflex Photonics is proud to launch new LightCONEX® active optical blind mate interconnects compatible with the upcoming VITA 66.5 standard and supported by the Sensor Open System Architecture (SOSA) consortium.

Expanding on the successful LightCONEX style A compatible with VITA 66.4 aperture, Reflex Photonics is launching its style B and style C, both compatible with VITA 67.3 type C, D and E standard apertures. These VITA 67.3 apertures can be populated with modules that are either single active, dual active/passive, or a combination of optical and RF coaxial connectors. This flexibility will be particularly attractive to integrators that need to combine multiple I/O interfaces while keeping size, weight, and power (SWaP) at the minimum.

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

Maximizing performance and system integration

Based on the OpenVPX standards 65.0, the LightCONEX solution for VPX systems is a revolutionary blind mate optical interconnect that includes a fixed active plug-in module connector and a floating backplane connector.

A low-profile LightCONEX optical module is screwed on the board edge and is part of the mating connector, saving board space and eliminating fiber cable handling. The LightCONEX backplane connector is spring-loaded to secure MT to MT mating connection. The rugged LightCONEX assembly ensures error free data transmission under severe shock, vibration, and temperature.

Michel Têtu, Industry Manager for Standardization comments:

Our clients involved in the development of military C4ISR systems are very excited by this blind mate optical interconnect innovation as the LightCONEX family of products vastly simplifies the implementation of optical interconnects. The LightCONEX is available in 12 and 24 fibers configurations and with bandwidth up to 28Gbps; it offers significant advantages to design engineers for their high-performance system integration.

Reflex Photonics expands range of space-qualified products used in LEO constellations and GEO high-throughput communication satellites.

Reflex Photonics is proud to launch new space-qualified products for board-to-board and payload-to-payload multigigabit connectivity. The SpaceABLE™ fiber optics transceivers have been thoroughly tested through a new Space Qualification Program to confirm their radiation resistance level and space readiness.

Reflex Photonics is completing the space qualification of its SpaceABLE SL, LGA 4TRX, 12TX and 12RX modules. Those modules were successfully tested for Single Event Effect & Latch-up (SEE), Total non-ionizing dose (TNID), temperature cycling, and thermal vacuum (TVAC).

The Space Qualification Program consists of a comprehensive series of tests to ensure the space resistance of each product variation covering any satellite application from geostationary to low-earth orbit.

The SpaceABLE SL embedded optical modules are rugged devices offering high bandwidth (greater than 150 Gbps) in a chip-size package.

The Space Qualification Program is conducted by fully-qualified affiliated laboratories and includes the following European Space Component Coordination (ESCC) and European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS) standard tests:

  • Heavy ion beams testing.
  • Total ionizing and non-ionizing dose effect evaluation.
  • Outgassing evaluation.
  • Decompression test.
  • Vibration test.
  • Thermal vacuum and temperature cycling (1000 cycles).

Reflex Photonics’ SpaceABLE line offers bandwidth of up to 28 Gbps per lane and integrate up to 24 lanes.

Reflex Photonics’ Space Industry Manager, Guillaume Blanchette comments:

The Space Qualification Program offered by Reflex Photonics is unique. This program shows our level of commitment and expertise in qualifying high-performance optical transceivers for space applications. Reflex Photonics is eager to share the experience we gathered in the last years with the design of relevant test protocols for radiation-resistant optics with future clients and partners.

Investissement Québec, Canada Economic Development and Ministère de l’économie et de l’innovation Invest $2.5 Million in Reflex Photonics

Investissement Québec, Canada Economic Development and Ministère de l'économie et de l'innovation Invest $2.5 Million in Reflex Photonics

From left to right:

Me Jean-René Paquette, VP, Legal Affairs, West Island Montreal Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Monsef Derraji, Member of Québec Parliament for Nelligan
Mr. Michel Gibson, Mayor of Kirkland
Mr. Noël Dubé, President and CEO -Reflex Photonics
Mr. Francis Scarpaleggia, Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Louis
Mr. Jocelyn Beauchesne, VP Réseau régional d’Investissement Québec
Mr. Alain Denis, VP principal aux investissements - Capital de risque Fonds de solidarité FTQ

Mr. Tullio Panarello, Executive President -Reflex Photonics

Provincial support

Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of the Economy and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Lanaudière region, announced that the Government of Quebec will contribute $2,120,000 to Reflex Photonics for two projects that will allow the company to increase its productivity and strengthen its competitiveness.

The first project involves the acquisition of equipment to complete the implementation of a manufacturing line integrating automated operations. To carry out this project, Investissement Québec, as agent of the Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation (MEI), is contributing $597,500 through the Economic Development Fund (innovative manufacturing) and is also providing a $597,500 loan from its own funds.

The second project focuses on the development of a new generation of transceivers for the aerospace markets. To carry out this project, MEI is providing $925,000 through the Créativité Québec program.

Federal support

To help it maintain its momentum, the Reflex Photonics has been awarded a $500,000 repayable contribution from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions. This financial assistance will allow Reflex Photonics to acquire specialized state-of-the-art equipment, including an error rate tester and analysis software, as well as process automation equipment.

The funding was announced by the Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Louis, Francis Scarpaleggia. Specifically, this Government of Canada assistance will allow Reflex Photonics Inc. to meet the growing demand of prime contractors, increase its production and ensure better quality control of its products.

Reflex Photonics to open a new USA office to better serve its growing American customers base.

Reflex Photonics is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in the USA to better serve its growing American clientele. Reflex Photonics Corp. is strategically located on the East coast, near Philadelphia.

The opening represents an important milestone, as Reflex Photonics has been actively looking to strengthen its American offering by increasing its local presence. The sales and technical support office will allow the company to better serve the needs of our rapidly expanding customer base. The new office will enable the company to interact more directly with customers, understand their specific needs, and stay current on the evolving applications in each market.

Mr. Ken Agren will join this new office as field application engineer and US operations manager.

Furthermore, Reflex Photonics announces that Mr. Ken Agren will join this new office as field application engineer and US operations manager. Mr. Agren has accumulated more than 25 years experiences, as field application engineer and as sale manager, in the high-tech sector, selling and supporting complex solutions for the military, aerospace and medical markets.

Pierre Cardinal, Vice-President of Sales adds:

The opening of this office and the addition of Mr. Agren to the team illustrates our commitment to the American market. This 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 another step to ensure that Reflex Photonics is better placed to support existing and new clients across the USA and assist our growing network of local representatives.

Reflex Photonics to present radiation-resistant SpaceABLE28 optical transceivers at Space Tech Expo USA 2019.

Reflex Photonics will proudly display its radiation-resistant SpaceABLE28™ optical transceivers and SpaceCONEX28™ active optical blind mate interconnects for VPX systems at the upcoming Space Tech Expo USA 2019.
The SpaceABLE™ optical transceivers and SpaceCONEX™ VPX interconnect 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 COTS components.

Reflex Photonics’ radiation resistant or “Space-grade” transceivers and interconnects solutions are engineered to withstand radiation doses >100 krad (Si) as per the European Cooperation for Space Standardization ECSS-Q-ST-60-15C. The SpaceABLE were successfully qualified with the following protocols:

  • Heavy ion: Single Event Effect & Latch-up (SEE).
  • Cobalt 60 gamma ray (Total Ionizing Dose (TID)) according to MIL-STD-883G, method 1019.7.
  • High and low energy protons (Total Non-Ionizing Dose (TNID)).
  • Vibration, mechanical and thermal shock, thermal cycling, and cold storage according to MIL-STD-883 and MIL-STD-810.

The SpaceCONEX is a revolutionary radiation-resistant active optical blind mate interconnect for VPX embedded computing systems; it consists of a plug-in module connector and a backplane connector meeting the requirements of the forthcoming VITA 66.5 standard.

SpaceABLE28 radiation-resistant transceiver

The epitomy of SWaP

The advantages of using Reflex Photonics’ line of small, lightweight, high-bandwidth SpaceABLE parallel optical transceiver modules and interconnects inside these satellites are quite obvious: the SpaceABLE28 modules offer extremely high aggregate data rates (over 100 Gbps, full duplex), and still, they are less than 1.5 cm3, weigh less than 5 g and consume less than 1.5 W.

Guillaume Blanchette, Space Industry Manager at Reflex Photonics adds:

Reflex Photonics wants to “bring space a little closer” by offering COTS optical transceivers and optical infrastructure that will support the deployment of the Internet of Space and enable the next generation of space exploration.

Scientific presentation at Space Tech 2019

Reflex Photonics will also give a presentation entitled Demonstrating COTS Optical Fiber Transceivers for Intra-Satellite High-Speed Communications at Space Tech Expo USA. That presentation will demonstrate why parallel fiber optics transceivers are the best components to support intra-satellite communications for large data-transfer applications.

Come see the space grade, radiation-resistant SpaceABLE28 transceivers and SpaceCONEX28 active VPX interconnects at Space Tech Expo-USA in Pasadena, CA, USA from May 21st to 22nd (booth 3027).

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LightCONEX 150 Gbps 24-lane rugged transceiver to power the next generation of 3U VPX cards from Interface Concept.

Reflex Photonics is proud to report that its LightCONEX™ LC 150G (12TRX), the first 150 Gbps blind mate optical interconnect, will power a new generation of 3U form factor VPX cards developed by Interface Concept.

LightCONEX LC 150G (full duplex) active blind mate optics

The LightCONEX LC 150G is the only full-duplex active blind-mate optical interconnect with 24-lane transceivers on the market; it provides bandwidth in excess of 150 Gbps. Based on the OpenVPX™ standards, the LightCONEX frees up critical board space by integrating the optical transceiver into the board edge connector. The compact 150G full-duplex (12+12) 12.5Gbps/lane LightABLE™ LL optical transceivers are incorporated to the LightCONEX™ interconnect as per the VITA 66.5 forthcoming standard.

The backplane connector, also part of the LightCONEX solution, has a floating head mechanism that ensures optimal optical mating meeting VITA 66.0 requirements. The rugged construction of these connectors ensures error free data transmission over all 24 lanes under severe shock, vibration, and temperature extremes.

Interface Concept 3U VPX cards with LightCONEX LC 150G (full duplex) active blind mate optics

Interface Concept 3U VPX cards with LightCONEX LC 150G (full duplex) active blind mate optics

Maximizing SWaP, performance, and versatility

We are now seeing the first commercially available VPX solutions that embark the LightCONEX LC 150G.These compact FPGA VPX boards take full advantage of the bandwidth offered by the LightCONEX to deliver unprecedented performance.

Gerald Persaud, V.P. Business Development comments:

We are very excited that Interface Concept has chosen the LightCONEX LC 150G to integrate in their new IC-FEP-VPX3f card. We believe these cards deliver the best performance/consumption ratio compared to other FPGA cards and the use Reflex Photonics’ LightCONEX LC 150G interconnects plays a good part in achieving this level of performance. This standard-compliant design has market-leading I/O density, offers the best “performance/cost per lane” ratio in the industry, satisfies the most stringent SWaP requirements, and opens up new opportunities to VPX card developer.

About Interface Concept

Interface Concept is a leader in design and manufacturing of high-performance embedded boards and systems, aimed at ground, naval, air and industrial applications. The company markets commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) board-level products, based on industrial standards (3U/6U VPX, cPCI, VME, FMC, XMC, PMC) and high-end technologies.

Reflex Photonics products showcased at IDEF 2019 in Turkey

Matec Elektronik  is showcasing Reflex Photonics products at  the IDEF 2019 fair.

Reflex Photonics products showcased at IDEF 2019 in Turkey

Hosted by the Ministry of National Defense and under the management and responsibility of the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation, IDEF 2019, 14th International Defense Industry Fair is held on between April 30 - May 3, 2019 at TÜYAP Fair and Congress Center in Büyükçekmece, Istanbul. 

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.

Reflex Photonics will present a communication at Space Tech Expo-USA 2019

A communication written by Jocelyn Lauzon, Guillaume Blanchette, and Pierre Cardinal and entitled Demonstrating COTS Optical Fiber Transceivers for Intra-Satellite High-Speed Communications will be presented at the Space Tech Expo USA 2019 event.

Summary of the article

Satellites are being deployed in different orbit configurations, for different applications, but most of these revolve around large data transfer such as those generated by real-time high-resolution imaging. In this presentation, we will demonstrate that parallel fiber optics transceivers are the best components to support intra-satellite communications for such large data-transfer applications.
Optical fiber optic transceivers are insensitive to electro-magnetic interference, they are low weight and low volume, and offer an unbeatable transmission capacity-to-power-consumption ratio. By choosing commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) fiber optic transceiver products, the satellite industry can benefit from a field-tested high-performance fiber optic transceiver technology that  has been in use for many years in harsh environment defense and avionics applications. By using these COTS products, rather than custom-made components, the satellite industry also benefits from much lower unit prices. The only concern with these COTS products is their resistance to space environment, as radiation hardness, temperature cycling in vacuum, outgassing, and decompression exceed the defense and avionics reliability requirements, such as thermal fatigue, vibration, mechanical and thermal shocks. In this presentation, we will demonstrate that it is possible to meet these extra space environment requirements, in addition to all other harsh environment requirements, with minimal technical adjustments to COTS fiber optics transceivers.

Reflex Photonics will be exhibiting at Space Tech Expo-USA

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Pasadena, CA, USA 21/05 − 22/05 3027
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Reflex Photonics – expanding on the market diversification of optics at OFC2019

Reflex Photonics newly released 28G optical transceivers captured much attention at OFC2019.

OFC 2019 in San Diego felt like one of the bigger shows in quite a number of years. Cutting edge technologies for the 5G wireless backbone were exhibited, and the path from 400G, to 800G and higher for pluggable transceiver technology was clear.

A strong focus on high reliability, especially for extreme temperatures for the outside plant 5G networks was shown by numerous companies. Reflex demonstrated its 100G board mount module for harsh environments and had a continuous flow of interested visitors over the 3 day event. Technical sessions and events focusing on applications for space and aerospace along with other non-traditional markets for an OFC show were at the forefront, and this was in fact one of the main talking points brought up by many of the people who visited the booth.

Demonstration of 28G modules at OFC 2019.
Demonstration of the LightCONEX blind mate optical interconnect at OFC
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