10 September 2010


ODIS wins $150,000 Phase I development award from US Navy

ODIS Inc (Opel Defense Integrated Systems) of Shelton, CT, USA, which designs communications transceivers, optoelectronic integrated platforms and infrared sensor type products for military, consumer and industrial applications, has received a development contract with the US Navy Air Warfare Center involving a Phase I award of $150,000.

After a period of research conducted on both ODIS and other competing technologies, the Navy has followed other military branches and chosen ODIS’ III-V-based Planar OptoElectric Technology (POET) platform as a preferred candidate to develop optical code division multiple access (OCDMA) technology for future avionics systems.

CDMA is widely used in the wireless industry for secure channel allocation to a broad user base. OCDMA has similar potential for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) applications, based on reduced cost of the optoelectronic interface circuits. ODIS has therefore been awarded a Phase I contract with NAVAIR to develop OCDMA integrated optoelectronic (OE) circuit approaches for Navy avionics platforms.

The high level of security offered by OCDMA will be deployed at multiple levels in Department of Defense (DOD) optical avionics multi-core processor networks. The security levels are obtained with the robust encryption techniques afforded by pseudo-random noise sequencing in both the time and wavelength domains.

POET is ODIS’ patented semiconductor fabrication process. At its heart is a unique, patented Group III-V materials system that supports monolithic fabrication of ICs containing active and passive optical elements, together with high-performance analog and digital elements, allowing economical integration of many optical devices together with dense, high-speed analog and high-speed, low-power digital elements in monolithic ICs. ODIS says that POET allows it to offer components with much lower cost together with increased speed, density, and reliability.

“Once ODIS’s POET platform is developed and configured to address the Navy’s need, the resulting wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) capability will stimulate ODIS’ further product development,” reckons ODIS’ president Leon M. Pierhal. “This development will impact the rapidly growing active optical cable (AOC) and low-cost LAN commercial markets,” he adds.

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