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Sivers partners with LioniX and Chilas on tuneable 1310-nm laser


Sivers Semiconductors has announced that its subsidiary, Sivers Photonics, has commenced a new partnership with microsystem solutions company LioniX International and laser manufacturer Chilas. Together, the companies plan to develop and supply a narrow-linewidth integrated O-Band CW tuneable 1310-nm laser targeting high-growth applications across optical communications and optical sensing sectors.

LioniX International, based in the Netherlands, is a provider of customised microsystem solutions specialising in silicon nitride photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and MEMS, with expertise covering chip fabrication, electro-optical system architecture, and module assembly and packaging. Lionix have introduced the laser in response to the growing demand for O-Band solutions for use by OEMs, advanced laboratories, and industrial sensor manufacturers innovating in the communications, LiDAR, and molecular analysis markets.

Sivers Photonics says it has developed an advanced customised optical amplifier component on its InP100 product platform to efficiently power this integrated laser solution, and will supply this part as standard to the LioniX platform. Chilas, also based in Netherlands, will provide testing services for the assembled photonic integrated circuit, and offer this latest product worldwide as part of its diverse laser portfolio.

“This partnership with LioniX and Chilas further demonstrates Sivers Photonics RSOA gain blocks being deployed into high precision laser sources,” said Andy McKee, MD of Sivers Photonics. “The narrow linewidth and wide tuneability afforded by these external cavity lasers make them ideal sources for a broad range of applications including datacoms and optical sensing markets.”

Arne Leinse, CEO of LioniX International, commented: “The two technology platforms of LioniX International and Sivers complement each other creating ultra narrow linewidth lasers with unprecedented performance. This collaboration between Sivers, LioniX and the end user Chilas is a great example of how the ecosystem can work together to create new applications in this wavelength domain.”

Chilas CTO, Dimitri Geskus, added: “Chilas acknowledges Sivers on their tailored Semiconductor manufacturing capabilities, making them perfectly suitable for hybrid integration. This greatly benefits the development of wavelength agile laser sources such as the demonstrated O-band tuneable laser. Chilas is actively supporting the joint efforts of Sivers and LioniX International with great enthusiasm, and we are looking forward in turning the tuneable O-band laser into a product.”

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