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Singapore's IME, Bell Labs boost silicon photonics

Posted: 26 Jun 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:silicon photonics? communications? optical?

Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs and Singapore's Institute of Microelectronics (IME) have forged a collaboration to develop advanced photonics technology for the next generation communication networks. The effort will focus on cost-effective high data-rate products to meet the need for new multimedia consumer content services.

According to market watcher IDC, Internet usage will increase by 550 million from 2006 to 2010, while the number of unique Internet buyers will grow from 421 million to 686 million. Copper-based networks achieve only up to 10Gbit/s, which ca be topped by optical communications. It also overcomes critical power consumption challenges and reach limitations.

The collaboration "will build upon developed modules with a new generation of low cost integrated silicon-based photonic devices and improved processes," according to Dim-Lee Kwong, executive director of IME. He added that the partnership shows IME's commitment in bringing impactful research to the industry.

Rod Alferness, chief scientist at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, said that collaboration with IME is the next step in a series of program undertaken by Bell Labs with customers, government agencies, and academic institutions in Singapore.

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