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Cluster Report Photonics in the Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg

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5.1.5 Optical

5.1.5 Optical Communication Technology The Center for Nano-Photonics at the Institute for Solid State Physics at the TU Berlin also has a strong connection to optical communication. They work on epitaxy of nanostructures in semiconductor materials and on the development of novel photonic devices. In close contact with science – companies in the region HoloDisk drive for 3D data storage © Optical Technologies TU Berlin ams, allowing 3D storage on the disc. A fourth dimension can be added by writing such HoloBits into the material using overlap of lasers with different colors. Similar polymers can be also used to produce integrated optical components. The structuring of materials with laser beams allows inscribing waveguides of almost any shape into photopolymers. Moreover, holographic patterns may also be written into the photopolymers. Simple combination of refractive and diffractive properties allows integration of additional functionality into the photopolymers. The transfer of scientific results of the Center for Nano-photonics is done by businesses in the region, such as Vertical Integrated Systems (VIS) in Berlin. VIS develops and manufactures high-speed components for optical data transmission in short-range optical networks, with transmission rates of up to 40 gigabits per second. VIS offers VCSEL modules, i.e. modules with laser beam emission perpendicular from the top surface for feeding the signals, highspeed photo-detectors for reception, as well as individual chips. They also design and produce to the order, with good connections to the neighboring university. U²t Photonics is also closely linked to the institutional research in the region. Created in 1998 as a spin-off from the Heinrich-Hertz- Institute, it is now world leader for 40-Gigabit/second detectors and one of the driving companies in large-scale practical establishment of the 100-Gigabit / second standard. As such, they cooperated with the HHI in the 100GET and 100x100 projects and do serial production of 100-Gigabit receivers. The CPRV1220A, for example, is the smallest fully integrated receiver module for the 100-Gigabit standard in the market. It detects phase and four-phase modulation of the light received, it is used not only in high-speed ethernet, but also in long-distance transmission of optical signals over oceanographic optic underwater cables. Coherent receiver © u 2 t Photonics AG Optical systems in large batches Model of a polymer optical MUX 4:1 with mounted VCSELs and monitor diodes © Optical Technologies TU Berlin The Joint Lab Silicon Photonics of the TU Berlin and the Leibniz-Institute für innovative Mikroelektronik (IHP) in Frankfurt / Oder is dedicated to silicon photonics, i.e. the adaptation of electronic circuit design to work with light instead of electrons. It combines the regional expertise and could make circuits much faster than before. The Joint Lab Silicon Photonics operates in close conjunction with regional companies and cooperates with leading European institutions in the field. SHF Communication Technologies is active in a related field - and also a world leader, here in the field of electronics and test instruments for the 100-Gigabit standard. They develop, manufacture and market components and measurement instruments for data transmission at high speeds, for example bit-pattern generators and error analyzers, optical transmitters and receivers, also for data rates beyond 100 Gigabits. In addition, they offer driver amplifier for optical modulators and passive components for highfrequency technology. Bit pattern generator & error analyzer for data rates up to 100 Gb/s © SHF Communication Technologies AG 76

5.1.5 Optical Communication Technology Their customers include the communications industry, network equipment suppliers as well as research institutions. Furthermore, SHF industrially produces system amplifiers for 40-Gigabit transmission, which is supplied as standard technology to telecommunications suppliers. Similarly, Luceo Technologies GmbH, headquartered in Berlin, is counted among recognized companies in the test and measurement equipment market for optical components and transceivers. They offer highly flexible and customizable bit error rate testers. Based on its recent research on the bit error rate testers (BERT) market, Frost & Sullivan presents Luceo Technologies GmbH with the 2012 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Price Performance Value Leadership. Luceo is focused mainly on the production environment and is well positioned to address growing technologies such as SONET/SDH, bolstering market growth. Its products offer testing capabilities for 40 Gigabit and 100 Gigabit Ethernet technologies, thereby enabling customers to test at higher data rates. The proximity to such innovation power is also appreciated by the big players: Nokia Siemens Networks concentrates the production of optical systems for high-speed data transport via fiber in Berlin. Around 450 people work in the capital in this field; they produce, assemble and deliver customized solutions to the operators of metro and wide area networks worldwide. Via dense wavelength division multiplexing the components created in Berlin reach transfer rates of up to 3.8 terabits per second. 40 Gb/s transmission system for wide area networks © Nokia Siemens Networks GmbH und Co. KG The scientists succeeded in creating optical connections for short distances using a procedure similar to wire bonding. While production so far was very expensive, because of the necessary precision, the IZM process combines optically transparent polymer fibers in a manner similar to the wire bonding. Because now manufacture can be done with modified wire bonding machinery, it is anticipated that production costs of many products in optical communication technology can be reduced significantly. The diverse know-how of Berlin-Brandenburg in optical data transmission has also attracted the U.S. company COGO Optronics. The developer of optical transmitter components with very high bit rate for telecommunications networks and data transmission entered a strategic partnership with the HHI and is also based in Berlin since 2010. COGO has invested over 10 million Euros in Berlin and wants to expand its workforce to 35 employees by 2013. Also companies that assemble glass fibers and optical fibers are located in the region, for example, FOC - fibre optical components, whose fiber coupling and splicing technology is used worldwide, FCC FibreCableConnect, or Frank Optic Products. Lumics, eagleyard Photonics and many others produce finished laser diodes and complete laser modules for use in optical data transmission. Astro- und Feinwerktechnik Adlershof is an expert in mechanics and precision engineering related to optical communication. From a theoretical model of an opto-semiconductor from the hand of a solid-state physicist to engineer support for manufacturing, and from the optical chip for a few Euros to complete optical switching centers for millions of Euros - Berlin-Brandenburg can offer the whole spectrum in terms of optical data transmission. A viable network has been developed in the regions which can find a solution for nearly all challenges. Another global provider of intelligent telecommunications infrastructure solutions active in Berlin is ADVA Optical Networking. With software-automated Optical+Ethernet transmission technology, the company builds the foundation for high-speed, next-generation networks. ADVA’s FSP product family adds scalabilityand intelligence to optical networks while reducing complexity and cost. Thanks to reliable performance for more than 15 years, the company has become a trusted partner for more than 250 carriers and 10,000 enterprises across the globe. Components and complete systems – Berlin-Brandenburg offers the complete spectrum Optical data transmission, however, is not all transmitters and receivers. Therefore, research and production is done in Berlin-Brandenburg on peripheral equipment, along the entire value-adding chain of technology. At the Fraunhofer-Institute for Reliability and Micro Integration (IZM), they not only know how to transform technical principles into practical integrated component, but also developed a technique which can crucially reduce the manufacturing cost of optical links. Polymer waveguides for low-cost optical data transmission © Fraunhofer IZM Contact: Dr. Martin Schell Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institut Phone: +49 (0)30 / 31002 703 Email: martin.schell@hhi.fraunhofer.de 77

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