First universal, programmable and multifunctional photonic chip

First universal, programmable and multifunctional photonic chip

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By Wisse Hettinga

A team from the Photonics Research Laboratory (PRL)-iTEAM of the Universitat Politècnica de València and the company iPRONICS have designed and manufactured a revolutionary chip for the telecommunications sector

The first universal, programmable, and multifunctional photonic chip, will benefit 5G communications, data centers, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, satellites, drones, and autonomous driving, among many other applications.

The development of this chip is the main result of the European project UMWP-Chip, led by researcher José Capmany. The work has been published in Nature Communications.

The chip devised and manufactured by the UPV and iPRONICS team allows on-demand programming and interconnecting of wireless and photonic segments of communication networks, avoiding the generation of bottlenecks that can limit both the capacity and bandwidth available.

“It is the first chip in the world with these characteristics. It can implement the twelve basic functionalities required by these systems and can be programmed on demand, thus increasing the efficiency of the circuit,” explains Capmany.

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