High-speed low-power and board-mountable optical transceivers for scalable & energy efficient advanced on-board digital processors
Paper in proceeding, 2018

We present the development and verification testing of a high speed multimode, multicore transceiver technology for intra-satellite optical interconnects. We report the fabrication and functional testing of opto-parts including 25 Gb/s 850 nm VCSEL/PD as well as the verification testing of the VCSELs against radiation and lifetime performance. In addition we report the development and evaluation testing of a multi-core cable assembly that was fabricated and mated with MiniAVIM multi-core connectors to develop hi-rel multi-core optical patchcords for pigtailing the transceiver modules. The fiber optic, electronic and opto-parts were used to assemble the first ever fully packaged and pigtailed, six-core optical transceiver prototype module that operates at 25 Gb/s channel bit rate at an energy consumption of ∠4.5 mW/Gb/s.


Fiber optic cable


Rad-hard digital circuits

Optical transceiver

Optical interconnects


Leontios Stampoulidis

Gooch and Housego

Efstratios Kehayas

Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT)

Mikko Karppinen

Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT)

Antti Tanskanen

Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT)

J. Ollila

Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT)

Johan Gustavsson

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Photonics

A. Larsson

Lars Gruner-Nielsen


Christian Larsen


M. Sotom

Thales Group

Anaelle Maho

Thales Group

Mickael Faugeron

Thales Group

N. Venet

Thales Group

M. Ko

IHP GmbH Institute for Innovative Microelectronics

P. Ostrovskyy

IHP GmbH Institute for Innovative Microelectronics

D. Kissinger

IHP GmbH Institute for Innovative Microelectronics

Rashid Safaisini

Philips Photonics GmbH

R. King

Philips Photonics GmbH

I. McKenzie

European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESA ESTEC)

J. B. Gonzalez


Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering

0277786X (ISSN) 1996756X (eISSN)

Vol. 11180 111804C

International Conference on Space Optics, ICSO 2018
Chania, Greece,

Subject Categories

Computer Engineering

Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics

Vehicle Engineering



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