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HYPHEN: Hybrid Photonic Engines for Massive Cloud Connectivity

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Total cost 149˙875 €
 EC max contribution 149˙875 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-PoC
 Funding Scheme ERC-POC
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-08-01   to  2017-01-31


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 Project objective

The global explosion of data traffic and the migration of essential services to “the cloud” are combining to push current data-center infrastructures to their limits. This applies in particular to communication networks within and between data centers (DC), which limit scalability of computing and storage already today. Wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) transmission schemes are key to overcome these bottlenecks, increasing the throughput of inter-DC and intra-DC communication links by more than an order of magnitude. However, but there are currently no WDM systems in the market that fulfill the associated cost and performance requirements: Conventional systems based on discrete components such as SFP or CFP transceivers are far too bulky and too expensive, while monolithic photonic integration remains technologically challenging and constrained in performance. The fundamental question remains: How to flexibly combine photonic components of a variety of material systems to create cost- and performance-optimized solutions for data centers? The answer to this question will unlock multi-billion-Euro market opportunities connected with cloud networks. HYPHEN aims at exploring and verifying the commercial potential of a novel class of optical WDM engines that combine the benefits of a large-scale photonic integration with the design flexibility of discrete systems. The optical engines are based on hybrid multi-chip integration and exploit the technique of photonic wire bonding, which was established and elaborated in the framework of the ERC Stating Grant EnTeraPIC. HYPHEN comprises an in-depth analysis of market opportunities and competitive boundary conditions, the specification of technical product concepts that are geared towards the most important technology gap, as well as the associated IP strategy and risk analysis. The project shall result in a comprehensive business plan that allows to raise funds for the next phase of commercialization.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Simon Schneider, Matthias Lauermann, Philipp-Immanuel Dietrich, Claudius Weimann, Wolfgang Freude, Christian Koos
Optical coherence tomography system mass-producible on a silicon photonic chip
published pages: 1573, ISSN: 1094-4087, DOI: 10.1364/OE.24.001573
Optics Express 24/2 2019-07-25
2015 Mai, C.; Lischke, S.; Kroh, M.; Hoose, T.; Lindenmann, N.; Koos, C.; Mai, A.; Zimmermann, L.
Optische Schnittstelle für photonische Wirebonds in photonischer BiCMOS-Technologie
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MikroSystemTechnik-Kongress 2015, Karlsruhe, Germany, Oct. 26–28 2019-07-25
2016 Nesic, A.; Blaicher, M.; Hoose, T.; Lauermann, M.; Kutuvantavida, Y.; Freude, W.; Koos, C.
Hybrid 2D/3D photonic integration for non-planar circuit topologies
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
42th European Conf. Opt. Commun. (ECOC\'16), Düsseldorf, Germany, Sept. 18–22 2019-07-25
2015 Nicole Lindenmann, Stephan Dottermusch, Maria Laura Goedecke, Tobias Hoose, Muhammad Rodlin Billah, Temitope Paul Onanuga, Andreas Hofmann, Wolfgang Freude, Christian Koos
Connecting Silicon Photonic Circuits to Multicore Fibers by Photonic Wire Bonding
published pages: 755-760, ISSN: 0733-8724, DOI: 10.1109/JLT.2014.2373051
Journal of Lightwave Technology 33/4 2019-07-25
2012 N. Lindenmann, G. Balthasar, D. Hillerkuss, R. Schmogrow, M. Jordan, J. Leuthold, W. Freude, C. Koos
Photonic wire bonding: a novel concept for chip-scale interconnects
published pages: 17667, ISSN: 1094-4087, DOI: 10.1364/OE.20.017667
Optics Express 20/16 2019-07-25
2015 Koos, C.
Silicon Photonics, Hybrid Integration, and Frequency Combs: Technologies for Terabit/s Communications
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18th International Workshop on Physics of Semiconductor Devices (IPWSD-2015), Bangalore, India, December 7-10 2019-07-25
2016 Koos, C.; Freude, W.; Dalton, L. R.; Kippenberg, T. J.; Barry, L. P.; Ramdane, A.; Lelarge, F.; Wolf, S.; Zwickel, H.; Lauermann, M.; Weimann, C.; Hartmann, W.; Kemal, J. N.; Marin-Palomo, P.; Trocha, P.; Pfeifle, J.; Herr, T.; Brasch, V.; Watts, R. T.; Elder, D. L.; Martinez, A.; Panapakkam, V.; Chimot, N.
Silicon-organic hybrid (SOH) devices and their use in comb-based communication systems
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13th International Conference on Group IV Photonics (GFP\'16), Shanghai, China, August 24–26 2019-07-25
2017 Koos, C.; Freude, W.; Leuthold, J.; Dalton, L. R.; Wolf, S.; Muehlbrandt, S.; Melikyan, A.; Zwickel, H.; Kutuvantavida, Y.; Harter, T.; Lauermann, M.; Elder, D. L.
Nanophotonic modulators and photodetectors using silicon photonic and plasmonic device concepts
published pages: paper 10098-6, ISSN: , DOI:
SPIE Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XXV (OPTO-SPIE\'17), San Francisco (CA), USA, Jan. 28 - Feb. 2 2019-07-25
2015 Dietrich, P.-I.; Wondimu, S. F.; Wienhold, T.; Steidle, M.; Hofmann, A.; Lindenmann, N.; Billah, M. R.; Hoose, T.; Blaicher, M.; Freude, W.; Koos, C.
Herstellung mikrooptischer Komponenten durch Zwei-Photonen-Polymerisation
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MikroSystemTechnik-Kongress 2015, Karlsruhe, Germany, Oct. 26–28 2019-07-25
2017 Koos, C.; Kippenberg, T. J.; Barry, L. P.; Ramdane, A.; Lelarge, F.; Freude, W.; Marin-Palomo, P.; Kemal, J. N.; Weimann, C.; Wolf, S.; Trocha, P.; Pfeifle, J.; Karpov, M.; Kordts, A.; Brasch, V.; Watts, R. T.; Martinez, A.; Panapakkam, V.; Chimot, N.
Chip-scale frequency comb generators for high-speed communications and optical metrology
published pages: paper 10090-15, ISSN: , DOI:
SPIE Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials and Devices XVI, (LASE-SPIE\'17), San Francisco (CA), USA, Jan. 28 - Feb. 2 2019-07-25
2016 Christian Koos, Juerg Leuthold, Wolfgang Freude, Manfred Kohl, Larry Dalton, Wim Bogaerts, Anna Lena Giesecke, Matthias Lauermann, Argishti Melikyan, Sebastian Koeber, Stefan Wolf, Claudius Weimann, Sascha Muehlbrandt, Kira Koehnle, Joerg Pfeifle, Wladislaw Hartmann, Yasar Kutuvantavida, Sandeep Ummethala, Robert Palmer, Dietmar Korn, Luca Alloatti, Philipp Claudius Schindler, Delwin L. Elder, Thorsten Wahlbrink, Jens Bolten
Silicon-Organic Hybrid (SOH) and Plasmonic-Organic Hybrid (POH) Integration
published pages: 256-268, ISSN: 0733-8724, DOI: 10.1109/JLT.2015.2499763
Journal of Lightwave Technology 34/2 2019-07-25
2016 Gerald Göring, Philipp-Immanuel Dietrich, Matthias Blaicher, Swati Sharma, Jan G. Korvink, Thomas Schimmel, Christian Koos, Hendrik Hölscher
Tailored probes for atomic force microscopy fabricated by two-photon polymerization
published pages: 63101, ISSN: 0003-6951, DOI: 10.1063/1.4960386
Applied Physics Letters 109/6 2019-07-25

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