June 26, 2018

Prof. Michaël Ménard and Reflex Photonics are proud to announce that they will collaborate to build on the technological advantages of silicon photonics (SiP) for optical transceivers.

Reflex Photonics and UQAM have signed a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Engage research agreement to explore the use of SiP in their next generation of rugged embedded transceivers. Silicon photonics technology takes advantage of the manufacturing processes developed by the microelectronic industry to achieve complex high-performance integrated optical systems.
     The technology enables innovative embedded transceiver solutions where the optical inputs/outputs (I/O) are implemented at the chip level using integrated silicon optical devices/circuits and micro-optics. SiP also permits the design of optical interconnects transceivers with a small form-factor and low power consumption. However, the implementation of silicon photonic devices brings new challenges, notably with regards to its integration with light sources and optical fibers. Reflex Photonics wants to explore potential rugged transceiver solutions compatible with its target space and industrial applications and assess the commercial viability of the technology. Engage research grants are short-term research and development (R&D) research collaborations in which universities apply their expertise to address a company challenge. Partnering companies gain by having the expertise of the academics focused on their R&D issues and by discovering what the researchers and the students working with them have to offer. These projects serve as the first step to establishing a longer-term, impactful collaboration.

Reflex Photonics’ Founder, V.P., and CTO David Rolston comments:

Reflex Photonics wants to establish wider range of expertise and research capabilities in collaboration with Prof. Michaël Ménard at UQAM to explore and develop SiP solutions for embedded transceivers.
We think SiP has the potential for advanced and lightweight optical interconnect solutions designed to be robust and qualified for harsher operating environments which is usually required by space and military applications.

About Reflex Photonics

Founded in 2002, Reflex Photonics is an advanced developer of rugged high-speed optical transceiver modules and parallel embedded optics products for aerospace, defense, avionics, telecom, and data centers.
Reflex Photonics competency centers include Research & Development, Technology and Product Design, Manufacturing and Direct Sales.
The company addresses the growing market demand for high-speed interconnects in high performance embedded computers. Our products enable equipment developers to design smaller, lower cost, and lower powered systems resulting in higher fidelity and faster connectivity.