A research team of the University of Paderborn and C-LAB wins at the national competition "<link http: www.innovation.nrw.de forschung_technologiefoerderung wettbewerbe nanomikro_werkstoffe_nrw index.php>NanoMikro+Werkstoffe.NRW". For the next three years the Ministry of Innovations will spend 2.6 million Euros of research funding to support R&D on new technologies for high-bandwidth optical communications in computers. In the framework of the interdisciplinary project "Optical Link" a new generation of integrated electro-optical circuits for intra-system data transfer shall be developed.
C-LAB has been researching in optical short-distance communications for years and is leading in the field of simulation of board-level optical interconnects. The results of these works contribute to the enabling technologies to meet the ever increasing communications requirements in future computer systems. C-LAB's comprehensive know-how was a decisive factor for the successful application.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Schuhmann from the <link http: ei.uni-paderborn.de>Institute of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology leads the participation at the University of Paderborn. The Paderborn team will focus on the analysis of new optical waveguides for board-level optical communications. Whereas the <link http: www.innolume.com>Innolume GmbH, Dortmund, leads the project and provides a new semiconductor laser. Further project partners are the <link http: www.physik.uni-dortmund.de>Technical University of Dortmund (experimental physics) and the <link http: de.ts.fujitsu.com>Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH in Paderborn.
The close cooperation between science and industry shows that in "Optical Link" some important questions of basic research have to be answered and a respective system has to be developed to the point that it can be put into use.