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Physical Layer Design

The Design cluster is specialized in the research and development of high-speed and high-frequency electronic circuits, subsystems and system demonstrators on chip and board level. This know-how and expertise is applied to the physical layer of several advanced wired, wireless and instrumentation applications, such as:

Research coordinators

Johan Bauwelinck, Xin Yin, Guy Torfs

Research topics

FP7 ICT MIRAGE Project
MIRAGE
MIRAGE (Multi-coRe, multi-level, WDM-enAbled embedded optical enGine for Terabit board-to-board and rack-to-rack parallel optics)
FP7 ICT PhoxTrot
PHOXTROT
PhoxTrot (Photonics for High-Performance, Low-Cost & Low-Energy Data Centers,High Performance Computing Systems: Terabit/s Optical Interconnect Technologies for On-Board, Board-to-Board, Rack-to-Rack Data Links)
FP7 ICT DISCUS
DISCUS
DISCUS (The DIStributed Core for unlimited bandwidth supply for all Users and Services)
FP7 ICT SPIRIT
SPIRIT
SPIRIT (Software-defined energy-efficient Photonic transceivers IntRoducing Inteligence and dynamicity in Terabit superchannels for flexible optical networks)
Presentation
FP7 ICT C-3PO Project
C-3PO
Colourless and Coolerless Components for low Power Optical Networks (www.greenc3po.eu)

C-3PO is an EU-funded 3-year project started in June 2010. The total funding is 2M€. C-3PO aims to develop a new generation of energy-efficient photonic and electronic components for next-generation access and high-speed metro-core networks. Within C-3PO, CIP will design athermal DWDM modulator and photodiode arrays, and IMEC will design concurrently the associated electronic driver and receiver arrays with low power consumption at 100Gbps throughput.

FP7 ICT MARISE
MARISE
Materials for Avalanche Receiver for ultImate SEnsitivity
(www.ict-marise.eu)
FP7 ICT EURO-FOS
EURO-FOS
Pan-European Photonics Task Force: Integrating Europe’s Expertise on Photonic Subsystems
(www.euro-fos.eu)
FP6 IST PIEMAN
PIEMAN
Photonic Integrated Extended Metro and Access Network
(www.ist-pieman.org)