ECOC 2022: Pilot uses JePPIX server for photonics tech

Created September 23, 2022
Technologies and Products

Pilot Photonics has developed three new products using the JePPIX MPW Server which covers every process from design to the foundry. These include a low linewidth fast tuneable laser, an InP-based monolithic single mode laser in the C-band; an integrated Comb Laser Assembly (iCLA) for scaling coherent transceiver capacity, and SuperTROSA™ a comb-based superchannel transmitter. The JePPIX Platform covers the whole value chain of Indium Phosphide Photonic Integrated Circuits.

Image: Pilot Photonics team at ECOC 2022. From left to right Damian McGillivary (Sales Director), Frank Smyth (CTO), Gaurav Jain (R&D Manager) and Desi Gutierrez (Director of Photonics) 



Low Linewidth Fast Tunable Laser has a tuning range of > 30nm centered at 1550 nm, with high side-mode suppression ratio. It offers linewidth < 150kHz and low power consumption. This laser is offered in a standard 14-pin butterfly package, with a thermo-electric cooler, internal isolators, and polarisation-maintaining  fibre pigtail with FC/APC connectors.




iCLA incorporates a monolithically integrated comb laser and demultiplexer that supplies four or more simultaneously generated coherent, phase matched outputs on separate fibres, replacing up to 4 integrated tuneable laser assemblies (iTLAs). It is designed for driving multiple 400G/800G coherent optical engines on individual fibres from a single laser module. This patented source technology offers the ability to tune the wavelength separation of the four outputs, while maintaining the coherent and phase-matched characteristics, reducing the required DSP complexity.



The TERA-4-TX is a transmit side optical engine for next-generation coherent superchannel transceivers. It combines a wavelength-tuneable, integrated comb source and demux that supply four simultaneously generated coherent wavelengths to an array of dual polarisation IQ modulators.

“JePPIX has allowed us to offer PICS with enhanced performance and capability and enabled us to target new industry verticals,” says Frank Smyth, founder and chief technology officer of Pilot Photonics. Kevin Williams, Professor and chair of the Photonic Integration group at TU Eindhoven, a JePPIX partner, considers it “an excellent example of how an early-stage company can create new products that may route to production thanks to the JePPIX Pilot Line”.

JePPIX is the joint European platform for photonic integrated components and circuits, established in 2006. Services include design, manufacturing and testing, for first prototypes, pilot production and manufacturing.

On October 31, 2022, the next Deep-Dive PIC Design Course will start. This is an annual technology training course that focuses on the theory and practice of integrated photonic components and circuit design. The aim of this course is to up skill the engineering team of companies, RTO’s and universities.

(All images: Pilot Photonics)

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.