Lightwave Logic, AMF partner to develop SiPho modulators using electro-optic polymers

Created June 3, 2024
Technologies and Products

Lightwave Logic, Inc. has announced a collaboration with Advanced Micro Foundry (AMF), to develop state-of art polymer slot modulators utilising AMF’s silicon photonics platform. The modulators have been shown to achieve a record low drive voltage below 1V and data rates of 200Gbps PAM4. This performance will enable a new generation of 800 Gbps and 1.6T Gbps pluggable transceivers to address fast growing requirements for optical connectivity for large generative AI computing clusters.

Lightwave Logic and AMF have collaborated over the past year to develop the electro optic polymer slot modulators utilising AMF’s standard manufacturing process flow on 200-mm wafers. This successful demonstration marks a significant milestone in integrated photonics, blending Silicon photonics with polymer materials. Building on this demonstration, both parties are aiming to enhance the modulators to ensure these advanced components are readily accessible to product companies on a manufacturing scale.

Dr. Michael Lebby, Chairman and CEO of Lightwave Logic (pictured), commented, “AMF is truly a world class facility with their silicon photonics maturity, and capacity for volume manufacturing. Working with AMF, we not only increased our wafer size to 200-mm, but we also turbo-boosted silicon photonics with our polymer slot modulators to achieve world class performance. Engineers from both sides have worked hard to achieve a silicon photonics design that integrates smoothly with polymer – a process that would have been much more challenging if other next-generation modulator materials had been utilised. This accomplishment puts our company in a very strong position to ramp volume both for our polymers as well as 200-mm silicon wafer volume with AMF.”

Mr Jagadish C.V, CEO of AMF, stated, “Lightwave Logic’s EO polymer modulators have been demonstrated to support higher baud rates, low power consumption, all while preserving their compact size. These features, integrated with AMF Silicon Photonics platform, make them cost effective options for 4X200 Gbps (800Gbps) and next-generation 1.6Tbps pluggable transceivers applications. This demonstration opens exciting opportunities to develop novel solutions for commercial-grade-compatible EO polymer modulators seamlessly integrated with AMF’s standard processes. We are keen to continue to explore the synergies between EO polymer modulation on our foundry processes, to provide innovative and manufacturable technology solutions for data communication.”

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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.