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7 December 2020

Vector Photonics unveils 1310nm/25G chip at ECOC

At the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC 2020) virtual exhibition (6-10 December), semiconductor laser start-up Vector Photonics Ltd of Glasgow, Scotland, UK has announced a 1310nm/25G chip (targeted specifically at data centers) as the first commercial development of its photonic-crystal surface-emitting laser (PCSEL) technology.

“ECOC is Europe’s largest exhibition of fiber-optic communications and photonics-related technologies. This makes it the ideal platform from which to announce our 1310nm/25G PCSEL chip development and to state our intention to target data-center applications as a priority,” says CEO Neil Martin. “The data-center market is rapidly growing, driven by the increasing use and demand for mobile devices, Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G,” he adds. “It is also a market where we can validate our technology against the IEEE 802.3 standard for datacoms chips, selling them through multiple, global sales channels once successful.”

The data-center PCSEL project, known as LOCAL (Lasers for Communications Applications), has received a £280,000 Sustainable Innovation Fund government grant from Innovate UK, in collaboration with the University of Glasgow (from which Vector was spun out).

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Tags: Laser diodes