LONDON IQE plc, the Cardiff, Wales based semiconductor wafer products and wafer services specialist, has joined the effort by a group of European companies to develop photonic components for broadband access and local area networks.
The Euros 3.5 million EC backed VISIT project (for Vertically Integrated Systems for Information Transfer) will last up to three years and focus on strategic, high-value photonic components and subsystems for scalable economic broadband access and local area networks.
Other members of the programme are Intel (Ireland), VI Systems (Germany), Chalmers Tekniska (Sweden), The University of Cambridge (UK), University College Cork (Ireland) and the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia).
The project will develop, test and exploit optical transmitters having a completely novel design and/or largely improved functionality as compared to current technology. It is expected to create a full supply chain from production of epitaxial wafers to test beds for measurements and prototype systems.
Professor Dieter Bimberg of Technische Universitaet in Berlin said: "The unique ability of IQE to supply material developed both by MBE and MOCVD technologies will further strengthen our project."
Andrew Joel, Product Director for Optoelectronic Materials at IQEs Cardiff facility, added : "IQE brings a wealth of experience in the growth of both edge emitting lasers and VCSELs for optical communications networks. The materials will operate at a range of wavelengths including 850nm (LAN, SAN), 980nm (very short links) and 1.3µm (LAN, Access Networks)."