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 Corp. to Join Sensor Open System Architecture (SOSA) Consortium

Reflex Photonics is proud to announce that its US-based subsidiary, Reflex Photonics Corp., has joined the Sensor Open System Architecture (SOSA™) consortium.
The SOSA consortium is a voluntary coalition of government, industry, and academic entities which aims at developing open technical standards for sensors. The consortium provides a vendor-neutral forum for members to work together to harmonize and create open standards to enable the development of agile, interoperable, and affordable military and commercial sensors.

Developing non-proprietary standards

The technical standards to be drafted are based on open functional architecture employing modular design using widely supported, non-proprietary standards for key sensor interfaces.

Reflex Photonics Corp. is eager to contribute to the development of SOSA sensor standards and to share its expertise with other members of the consortium mainly within the Hardware Working Group (HWG) and Electrical/Mechanical Working Group (EMWG)

Ken Agren, Reflex Photonics Corp’s Field Application Engineer and US Operations Manager, comments:

As a leading advanced developer of rugged high-speed optical transceiver modules, we welcome the opportunity to actively participate at SOSA consortium towards the development of new standards which guarantee interoperability and vendor neutrality. This open development environment fits perfectly with our corporate philosophy. We think that everybody benefits from the development of open technology standards and certifications, and from the access to industry peers, suppliers, and exposure to best practices that the SOSA forum offers.
We are confident that we will be a productive member of SOSA as we have been in other forums like VITA and ARINC.

Reflex Photonics awarded export category Accolades prize by the West island of Montreal Chamber.

Reflex Photonics Inc received the prize for the Aéroports de Montréal Export category at the West Island of Montreal Chamber of Commerce’s (WIMCC) 2019 Accolades Gala, on Thursday, May 30th.
The Accolades Gala is the WIMCC’s most important event of the year and it offers excellent visibility to its partners. Over 350 members of the business community took part in the event in which the West Island community recognized the excellence of the 11 winning companies.

West Island of Montreal Chamber of Commerce Accolade export prize awarded to Reflex Photonics

Reflex Photonics recognized for its excellence at the Accolades 2019 Gala

In 2019, Reflex Photonics Inc was nominated in two categories: High-technology and Innovation and Export and won in the Export category.

The candidates of the Accolades contest have been through a few phases to be a part of the Gala such as the application, the Grand Jury and the Independent Jury visit.  

Tullio Panarello, Reflex Photonics Executive President comments:

We are privileged to have loyal, passionate and dedicated employees that have contributed immensely to the success of Reflex Photonics in the recent years.
I am also very honoured to lead Reflex, and to be recognized by the Chamber of Commerce as an international leader in our industry.

About the WIMCC

The West Island of Montreal Chamber of Commerce (WIMCC) is the voice of the West Island business community. Since its creation in 1978, its mission is to encourage and promote the development of the business community.

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.

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 to demo its new line of 28 Gbps per lane rugged embedded optical modules and radiation-resistant optical modules at OFC2019.

Reflex Photonics will conduct live demonstrations of its new LightABLE28™ and SpaceABLE28™ line of rugged and radiation resistant optical modules offering up to 28 Gbps per lane for defense and space applications at the upcoming Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition (OFC 2019).
This line of optical modules consists of the LightABLE28 mid-board rugged embedded transceiver (the 4TRX module will be demoed) and the LightCONEX28™ active optical blind mate connector, in addition to the SpaceABLE28 and SpaceCONEX28™ radiation-resistant transceiver and board-edge active optical blind mate interconnect.

Rugged devices

The new LightABLE28 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.

SpaceCONEX radiation resistant active blind mate interconnect

Radiation-resistant devices

Reflex Photonics’ radiation-resistant or “Space-grade” SpaceABLE28 transceivers are engineered to withstand radiation doses >100 krad (Si) 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)).

Reflex Photonics’ Product Manager, Guillaume Blanchette comments:

Once again, Reflex Photonics reaffirms its innovative approach and commitment to the defense and space industry by supplying very high communication density devices in a very compact, rugged, and radiation resistant package. The LightABLE28, SpaceABLE28, LightCONEX28, 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 applications.

You are invited to see a live demonstration of the 28G line of modules and other Reflex Photonics products such as the LightVISION industrial transceiver, and LightCONEX active blind mate interconnect for VPX systems, as well as SNAP12, QSFP, and CFP modules.

Come visit us at OFC 2019, Booth #1841 from March 5 to March 7, 2019.

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 routing 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.