COSMICC

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In COSMICC, the Nanophotonics group is working with key industrial and research partners in the fields of Silicon Photonics, CMOS electronics, Packaging, Optical transceivers and Data centres. The project goal is to demonstrate that mass commercialisation of Silicon photonics based transceivers is possible by 2019 through the enhancement of the existing photonic integration platform at ST-Microelectronics. COSMICC will develop optical transceivers that will be packaged on-board and by combining CMOS electronics and Si-photonics with innovative high-throughput fibre-attachment techniques, the developed solutions will be highly scalable. With performance improved by an order of magnitude as compared with current VCSELs transceivers, the COSMICC technology will answer tremendous market needs with a target cost per bit that the traditional WDM transceivers cannot meet. The early setting up of a new value chain will enable exploitation of the developed technologies.

Consortium

In order to reach these ambitious objectives the consortium consists of eleven partners from both industry and academia in five European countries. Cork Institute of Technology is represented by Dr William Whelan-Curtin, the nanophotonics group leader at CAPPA. He co-founded and runs NanoPIX, a foundry service for the nanophotonic devices, which has supplied 15-20 research teams across Europe with bespoke samples, resulting in more than 80 joint publications since September 2006.

Consortium
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CEA-Leti

France
ST Microelectronics

ST Microelectronics

France and Italy
Vario Optics

Vario Optics

Switzerland
Seagate

SEAGATE

United Kingdom
Finisar

FINISAR

Germany
University of Paris Sud

University of Paris Sud

France
University of Pavia

Universita of Pavia

Italy
University of Southampton

University of Southampton

United Kingdom
University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

United Kingdom
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Cork Institute of Technology

Ireland

Ayming

France

You can find out more about the consortium members here.

Approach

In the first high reward step-modification of the fabrication platform, COSMICC consortium will achieve mid-board optical transceivers in the [2Tbit/s-2pJ/bit-0.2€ per Gbit/s]-class with ~200Gbit/s per fiber: the introduction of one process brick (SiN layer) in the photonic process will enable low-cost packaging techniques (up to 2 x 12 fiber channels) and practical coarse WDM implementation (4 wavelengths with no temperature control requirements.) The built demonstrators will be tested in lab and field environments. In compliancy with the enhanced fabrication platform, lasers will be developed by heterogeneous integration of III-V material, targeting improved temperature behaviour, and doubled-bit-rate payback. A second step-modification of the fabrication will consist in evaluating a disruptive process that enables SiGe layers with tunable Si-composition for achieving micrometer-scale devices.

About COSMICC Research

This project has received funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 Programme under grant agreement number 688516. For more information on the project you can visit: http://www.h2020-cosmicc.com/