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Companies join forces to advance integrated photonics.

Keysight Technologies Inc., FormFactor Inc., and CompoundTek have joined forces to accelerate integrated photonics innovations. Integrated photonics, also called silicon photonics, is a revolutionary technology that multiplies data-transfer capacities while reducing power consumption and cost. While photonics integrated circuits (PICs) offer an exciting alternative to the limitations of traditional datacenter networking, they also introduce new design and test challenges for component and device manufacturers. Adoption of PICs is primarily dependent on an industrial ecosystem comprising new foundries, commercial modeling tools, and photonic test capabilities.

Keysight, FormFactor, and CompoundTek have jointly developed an advanced photonics on-wafer testing solution that delivers industry-first capabilities including automated alignment as well as simultaneous optical-optical and optical-electrical device tests.

The joint solution, to be offered by CompoundTek, includes

* The FormFactor CM300xiSiPh, with automated wafer-level photonics positioning combined with Keysight's industry-standard IL/PDL engines and N7700A Photonics Application Suite (PAS), to support wavelength repeatability of [+ or -] 1.5 pm at two-way sweeps up to 200 nm/s within l,240nm to l,650nm to ensure accuracy and repeatability from O-band to L-band;

* Keysight's N4373E 67-GHz lightwave component analyzer, which delivers the necessary bandwidth for both optical receiver testing and optical transmitter testing with guaranteed specifications for electro-optical S-parameter measurements for device traceability;

* Keysight's PathWave software platform, which provides a consistent user experience as well as common data formats and control interfaces; and

* FormFactor's SiPh software that enables automated calibrations and alignments and simplifies integration with Keysight's PathWave software platform, as well as optical instrumentation, to ensure ease of use.

Silicon photonics also delivers benefits for industrial segments such as intra-data-center communication and datacenter interconnects (DCI), telecom, 5G and automotive connectivity, high-performance computing, light detection and ranging (lidar), as well as sensing and medical applications.

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Title Annotation:INDUSTRY REPORT
Publication:EE-Evaluation Engineering
Date:Jan 1, 2020
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