SEPTEMBER 17, 2007 — IntexyS Photonics SA (Toulouse, France) and Lightfleet Corporation (Camas, WA) will collaborate to develop optical component technologies for data- and performance-intensive computing, communications, and embedded-systems applications. The components use data-carrying light beams in free space, rather than fiber optic or copper conduits.
Optoelectronic receivers with laser transmitters enable continuously parallel communications. Lightfleet will supply its Corowave interconnect, which uses multi-channel, broadcast light to transmit data through free space. The light beams are spread by lenses and reflected by mirrors, then refocused to the receivers.
IntexyS will provide the receivers, which capture the light beams and convert them to electronic signals. The company's surface mount optical devices (SMODs), with small form factors, will provide high density, reliability, and data throughput for the Lightfleet designs, according to Chris Kruell, VP, marketing, Lightfleet. Kruell also cites adaptability to space, power, and environmental requirements as reasons for pairing Coroware designs with IntexyS SMODs. Units will begin shipping in 2007.