Search Menu
Photonics Media Photonics Buyers' Guide Photonics EDU Photonics Spectra BioPhotonics EuroPhotonics Industrial Photonics Photonics Showcase Photonics ProdSpec Photonics Handbook
More News
Email Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Comments

CST Global Leads UK Project to Lower The Cost of Nano-Imprint Lithography

Industrial Photonics
Oct 2017
A U.K. government-funded project led by CST Global Ltd. aims to produce high-speed distributed feedback lasers with significantly larger broadband line rates than currently available with a new manufacturing process aimed at reducing laser costs by a third.

The project, “Diode Laser Manufacturing Process Using Nano-Imprint Lithography” (DILAN), seeks to implement a commercially viable, nano-imprint lithography production process that would deliver increased data rates of 25 Gbps and 30 percent cost savings. The project grant, distributed by Innovate UK, is worth £821 million ($1.1 billion), with CST Global receiving £268 million ($345 million).

“The massive growth in broadband communications for the fiber to the premises market has two key driving factors,” said Andrew McKee, director of engineering at CST Global. “The first is a rapid increase in demand for single-mode semiconductor laser solutions, currently exceeding 100 million new units per year. The second is that the data rate capability of lasers using current passive optical networking technology, at around 1.25 to 2.5 Gb/s, is not enough to satisfy the ever-increasing bandwidth demands of next-generation networks.”

The project features the academic partners of Cardiff University and the University College of Swansea and West Wales, with additional commercial partner Compound Semiconductor Centre Ltd.

“Nano-imprint lithography is widely recognized as the most credible method of producing high-throughput, high-resolution, single-mode semiconductor lasers at low cost,” McKee said. “The lasers also operate in the 1310- to 1550-nm wavelength spectrum, which is known to support the increased line rates necessary for next-generation networks.”

Innovate UK is a government research funding agency for engineering and the physical sciences. CST Global is a developer of chips, components, modules and subsystems based on semiconductor technology.

BusinessCST GlobalDiode Laser Manufacturing Process Using Nano-Imprint LithographyDILANlasersnanoInnovate UKfundinggrantsEuropeBusiness News

Terms & Conditions Privacy Policy About Us Contact Us
back to top
Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn YouTube RSS
©2018 Photonics Media, 100 West St., Pittsfield, MA, 01201 USA,

Photonics Media, Laurin Publishing
x Subscribe to Vision Spectra magazine - FREE!
We use cookies to improve user experience and analyze our website traffic as stated in our Privacy Policy. By using this website, you agree to the use of cookies unless you have disabled them.