Tyndall Institute advances at the speed of light ... literally

Tyndall National Institute, Ireland’s leading research facility based at University College Cork, is advancing at the speed of light — literally.

The institute, which was visited by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth in 2011, is to lead a European consortium to develop higher bandwidth in order to cope with the increasing demands of data traffic.

The ‘Thermally Integrated Smart Photonics Systems’ (TIPS) project has secured €5.2m in EU funding to develop the next generation of photonic devices to meet business and society’s digital needs.

Photonics use light to process information and is the underlying technology supporting today’s worldwide telecommunications networks and the internet.

Tyndall will lead a consortium of researchers in a project to develop intelligent circuits, which can make photonic devices up to five times more efficient, resulting in faster data transmission at a lower cost.

The project is funded under Horizon 2020’s call for smart integration systems and will see industry and research partners from Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, and France collaborate on the three-year project.

According to Tyndall researchers, current operational bandwidth will be insufficient to cope with an anticipated 11.5bn mobileready devices in the world by 2020.

“Significantly more bandwidth is required to avoid bottle-necking Europe’s expanding digital economy,” a spokesperson said. 

Dr Kafil M Razeeb, senior research scientist at Tyndall and co-ordinator of the project said:

“We will seek to develop an intelligent circuit that can thermally control its own operations, making it up to five times more efficient.

“By precisely self-tuning  its own temperature, the device can produce a more precise wavelength, meaning faster data transmission at a lower cost.”

Tyndall National Institute will work with partners from the University of Hamburg, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs Ireland, CNRS Institutes, Stokes Institute University of Limerick, LioniX BV, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs France, and Communicraft.


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