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Sivers, LioniX, and Chilas announce laser partnership


Companies to develop and supply narrow-linewidth tunable laser technology for optical coms and sensing

Sivers Photonics has begun a new partnership with LioniX International and Chilas BV to develop and supply a narrow-linewidth integrated O-Band CW Tunable 1310nm laser targeting high growth applications across optical communications and optical sensing sectors.

LioniX, based in Netherlands, specialises in silicon nitride PICs and MEMS, with expertise covering chip fabrication, electro-optical system architecture, and module assembly and packaging. Lionix has introduced the highly sought after laser to meet the growing demand for O-Band solutions for use by OEMs, advanced laboratories, and industrial sensor manufacturers innovating in the communications (passive optical networks, fibre optic communications), LiDAR, and molecular analysis markets.

Sivers Photonics 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. The end-user, Chilas B.V. 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. 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,” says Andy McKee, MD of Sivers Photonics.

“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,” says Arne Leinse, CEO of LioniX International.

“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 tunable laser. Chilas is actively supporting the joint efforts of Sivers and LioniX International with great enthusiasm, and we are looking forward in turning the tunable O-band laser into a product,” says Dimitri Geskus, CTO Chilas.

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