VI Systems joins fastbits project to develop 100 Gbit/s

Created June 20, 2016
Technologies and Products

VI Systems has been selected by the advisory board of FAST (fast actuators sensors & transceivers) to join the development project which targets 100 Gbit/s single channel transceiver.

VI Systems receives a grant under the German FAST scheme which aims to accelerate the real-time capability of complex networks with sensor and actuator systems to achieve milliseconds system latency. The company will provide ultra-high speed VCSEL (vertical surface emitting laser) and will support the photodetector and the electronics development as well the packaging design.

The fastbits project aims to develop a CMOS (complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor) based electro-optical transceiver on a single-chip with the capability to transmit 112 Gbit/s per single VCSEL.  By using a novel approach the target is to reduce the latency to a minimum while allowing the maximum transmission distance over multimode fibre, compact size and small energy consumption.

VI Systems GmbH, based in Berlin, Germany, is a fabless developer and manufacturer of components for optical communication.

The FAST initiative is funded by the Germany Ministry of Education and Research. I targets real-time capability of complex networks with sensor and actuator systems to achieve milliseconds system latency. The consortium includes major industry partners such as ABB, Ericsson, NPX Semiconductors, Siemens as well as small and medium enterprises and academic institutes.

By Per Danielsen

VI Systems joins fastbits project to develop single channel 100 Gbit/s

Per Danielsen

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by Per Danielsen

has 35 years of experience in optical communications and is now working freelance writing about optical communications and other telecom related topics. He also serves as chairman of the ECOC Market Focus program committee.