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.

 

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’ 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.

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.

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.