SUPER8 consortium member CST receives £318,039 in funds

CST Global Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sivers IMA Holdings AB, announced that it has received £318,039 as a consortium member of the Innovate UK, government-funded, SUPER8 research project. According to CST Global, the SUPER8 total project fund is £1.1 million.

CST Global Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sivers IMA Holdings AB, announced that it has received £318,039 as a consortium member of the Innovate UK, government-funded, SUPER8 research project. According to CST Global, the SUPER8 total project fund is £1.1 million.

The focus of the SUPER8 project is developing scalable, 200 Gbps, super-thermal, eight-channel CWDM architecture, says CST Global. This architecture will be applied to a high-speed industry-standard transceiver platform used in the optical data communication networks of hyper-scale cloud data centers.

In addition to CST Global, the SUPER8 project consortium includes partners Compound Semiconductor Centre CSC, a Cardiff University and IQE plc joint venture, and Kaiam Corp., a manufacturer of photonic engines and modules (see, for example, "Kaiam offers 100G-CWDM4 transceivers based on LightScale2 Platform").

"Cloud services, video-on-demand and the Internet of Things are increasing data bandwidth demand in global communications networks," said Andrew McKee, CST Global technical director. "This is driving the need for higher capacity networks with greater transmission rates and a lower cost base.

"CWDM architecture is the solution," adds McKee. "It allows the bandwidths of existing optical networks to be increased by improving optical filtering to increase the quantity of wavelengths transmitted in a single fiber. Low-cost, uncooled, Ridge waveguide, DFB lasers are used for the optical transmission, which the consortium of CST Global, CSC and Kaiam will model, build, test, and optimize. The lasers are supplied as known-good-die-on-tape (KGDOT) to Kaiam for packaging, characterization, and qualification."

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