Reflex Photonics to demo its LightCONEX 300G Active Blind Mate Optical VPX Interconnect solution at OFC2018

Reflex Photonics will conduct live demonstrations of its new LightCONEX 300G Active Blind Mate Optical VPX Interconnect solution at the upcoming Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition (OFC 2018).
This new module features 12 full-duplex lanes (12+12) offering an aggregated bandwidth of up to 300G in a unique, rugged, small-SWaP, low-cost module, meeting VITA 66 standards.
The LightCONEX solution frees up board space by integrating the optical transceiver into the board edge of the plug-in module connector. The backplane connector, also part of the LightCONEX solution, has a spring-loaded mechanism ensuring optimal optical mating as required in VITA 66.0 standard. The rugged construction of these connectors ensures error free data transmission under severe shock, vibration, and temperature extremes.

The new LightCONEX 12-lane full-duplex transceiver operates at up to 12.5 Gbps per lane over a temperature from –40°C to 100°C and occupies a very small volume and a footprint of (L×W×H) 32 × 14 × 5 mm. The LightCONEX is also offered as a 12-lane transmitter or receiver, as well as a 4-lane full-duplex transceiver.
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 (C4ISR) systems.

Reflex Photonics V.P. of Business Development, 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.
The LightCONEX 12+12 represents a remarkable feat of engineering that illustrates once more Reflex’s mastery of advanced optical design. This module offers market leading I/O density and satisfies the most stringent SWaP requirements with a minuscule PCB footprint and volume.

You are invited to see a live demonstration of the LightCONEX 3U VPX interconnect solution and other Reflex Photonics products such as the LightABLE rugged transceiver, LightVISION industrial transceiver, and LightSPACE radiation hardened transceivers, as well as SNAP12, QSFP, and CFP modules.

Come visit us at OFC 2018, Booth #5731 from March 13 to March 15, 2108.

Reflex Photonics to show its new-generation 150G LightVISION industrial embedded optical transceiver at SPIE Photonics West 2018

Reflex Photonics will proudly launch its new LightVISION industrial embedded optical transceiver solution at the upcoming SPIE Photonics West 2018 exhibition.
The innovative LightVISION is a compact, screw-in, robust, industrial, and RoHS embedded parallel optical module that offers superior performance to current optical interconnect technologies such as QSFP+ and QSFP28.
The LightVISION has been especially designed for data intensive imaging and machine vision applications that require high-resolution cameras, sensors, LIDAR, and surveillance cameras. The LightVISION can be deployed in harsh environments found in smart cars and smart cities applications.

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. 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.

Guillaume Blanchette, PM at Reflex Photonics comments:

The LightVISION small-form factor is particularly well suited for the new generation of high-speed, high-bandwidth 40GigE cameras. Its revolutionary technology reduces SWaP and improves overall design and ruggedness of these instruments.
Compared to QSFP+, the Reflex Photonics LightVISION occupies 7 times less space, has multiple board mounting option, and consumes less power.

Reflex Photonics to show its latest LightCONEX 12+12 Active Blind Mate Optical Interconnect solution at ETT 2018

Reflex Photonics will proudly demonstrate its new LightCONEX 12+12 Active Blind Mate Optical Interconnect solution at the upcoming Embedded Tech Trends 2018 forum. This new module features 12 full-duplex lanes offering an aggregated bandwidth of up to 300G in a unique, rugged, small-SWaP, low-cost module, as specified in current and upcoming VITA 66 standards.
LightCONEX is a backplane interconnect solution that integrates a multilane optical transceiver into a small, rugged board-edge plug-in module connector to enable easy circuit card replacement and simplify system upgrades. This connector reduces system cost and complexity as it requires no onboard optical cables handling or routing.

The LightCONEX solution 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 new LightCONEX 12-lane full-duplex transceiver operates at up to 12.5 Gbps per lane over a temperature from –40°C to 100°C and occupies a very small volume and a footprint of (L×W×H) 32 × 14 × 5 mm. The LightCONEX is also offered as a 12-lane transmitter or receiver, as well as a 4-lane full-duplex transceiver.
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 (C4ISR) systems.

Guillaume Blanchette, PM at Reflex Photonics comments:

The LightCONEX 12+12 represents a remarkable feat of engineering that illustrates once more Reflex’s mastery of advanced optical design. This module offers market leading I/O density and satisfies the most stringent SWaP requirements with a minuscule PCB footprint and volume.

Reflex Photonics achieves record sales for 2017

Reflex Photonics achieves record sales of optical modules for 2017, beating its record 2016 year by a huge amount.

Demand for Reflex Photonics rugged optical modules has double each year for the past two years and is expected to double again in 2018.

Reflex scales up manufacturing to meet demand for its embedded optical modules

In order to face this increased demand, expansion projects launched in spring 2016, as well as an investment of nearly $3,5 million from the enterprise and its partners will enable Reflex Photonics  to expand its production capacity to increase sales and exports.

Reflex Photonics headquarters | 16771 Ch Ste-Marie, Kirkland, QC H9H 3L1

Noel Dube, CEO of Reflex Photonics adds:

We are grateful to our customers and staff that has supported and helped us build the most reliable and rugged optical modules in the industry.  We continue to expand our product lines and expect to see another record year in 2018.

Housed in a ISO-7 (Class 10k) monitored clean room environment our equipment and personnel are dedicated to producing the highest quality optical modules and assemblies.

Learn more about Reflex Photonics, 40,000 ft2 facility.

Gerald Persaud, VP Business Development of Reflex Photonics adds:

The growing demand for situational awareness, electronic warfare and IoT is driving a change to fiber optics to handle the enormous amount of information from advance digital radar, cameras and high-performance computers. Reflex is investing in world class equipment and staff to deliver the highest quality parts with shorter lead times.

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Reflex Photonics presented a paper at AVFOP 2017

A paper written by Mr. J. Lauzon, T. Oleszczak, and S. El Kharraz and entitled Board Edge Mount Active Optical Connector  has been presented at the Avionics and Vehicle Fiber-Optics and Photonics Conference 2017 (AVFOP).

Summary of the article

Reflex Photonics Inc. has developed compact 40G full duplex (4+4) 10Gbps/lane optical fiber transceivers for harsh environment applications such as Aerospace and Defense.
These products were made to be embedded on printed-circuit boards in close proximity to high speed electronics in high performance embedded computing systems to optimize their performance. Going one step further, the industry was asking for these transceivers to be integrated in board edge connectors to free-up more space on the board and avoid optical fiber handling. This implied important challenges for bi-planar position tolerancing between the electrical interface on a horizontal board and the optical interface based on a multi-fiber MT ferrule, in an orthogonal plane. We will present how these challenges were confronted with success.

The final configuration of the active optical connector is called the LightCONEX. 

LightCONEX blind mate optical interconnect for VPX embedded computing systems

Avionics and Vehicle Fiber-Optics and Photonics Conference
November 7 to 9, 2017

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
New Orleans, Louisiana USA

Learn more about the AVFOP Conference 

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.

Reflex Photonics to attend ECOC 2017 expo

Reflex Photonics to attend ECOC Exhibition.

The ECOC Exhibition is the largest optical communications exhibition in Europe, held each September in a different European city, the event is the key meeting place for decision makers from across the fibre optic communications technology industry.
Now in its 22nd year, the exhibition now attracts over 5,000 decision makers from all around the world - bringing together manufacturers, suppliers and service providers to networking, gain insights on the latest developments, new products and trends in the industry.

Reflex Photonics to attend Space Tech Expo Europe

Reflex Photonics will be present at the Space Tech Expo Europe conference.

The free-to-attend Space Tech Expo & Conference is Europe's meeting place for space business, technology & innovation. The three-day trade fair will showcase the latest from technical designers, sub-system suppliers, manufacturers and components through the systems integrators for civil, military and commercial space.

The Expo will be held from October 24th to 26th in Bremen, Germany.