Keysight Technologies, FormFactor and CompoundTek have joined forces to accelerate integrated photonics innovations.
Integrated photonics, also called silicon photonics, is a revolutionary technology that multiplies data transfer capacities while reducing power consumption and cost.
While photonics integrated circuits (PICs) offer an exciting alternative to the limitations of traditional data center networking, they also introduce new design and test challenges for component and device manufacturers.
Adoption of PICs is primarily dependent on an industrial ecosystem comprised of new foundries, commercial modeling tools and photonic test capabilities.
Keysight, FormFactor and CompoundTek, have jointly developed an advanced photonics on-wafer testing solution that delivers industry-first capabilities including automated alignment, simultaneous optical-optical and optical-electrical device tests.
Silicon photonics also delivers benefits for industrial segments such as intra data center communication and data center interconnects (DCI), telecom, 5G and automotive connectivity, high-performance computing, light detection and ranging (LIDAR), as well as sensing and medical applications.
“Innovation in optics is critical to connect the world and help the industry to monetize 5G, as well as data center and telecom services,” said Dr. Joachim Peerlings, vice president of Network and Data Center Solutions at Keysight Technologies. “Advancing in speed as well as power and cost efficiency requires a tightly connected eco-system to jointly solve the challenges ahead. We are pleased with our partnerships and progress of enabling this eco-system through our unmatched photonics test expertise.”
“FormFactor’s industry-leading silicon photonics wafer test capability allows our customers to obtain repeatable, consistent results with unsurpassed throughput,” said Claus Dietrich, vice president and general manager of the Systems Business Unit at FormFactor. “The system’s automated and high-speed calibration and optical alignment, as well as precision measurement capability in collaboration with Keysight, enable CompoundTek to offer customers faster time to market.”
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