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Fiber-optic Connectors for Photonic Integrated Circuits

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT MICRO-MIRROR CONNECTOR FOR SILICON PHOTONICS

The micro-mirror connector (MMC) for silicon photonics connects fiber-optic ribbon cables to silicon photonics that use diffractive grating couplers.  The body of the connector uses a metallic optical bench stamped with an array of grooves and an array of micro-scale aspherical mirrors that focus light between the fibers and SiPIC.

Connects to grating couplers designed for single-mode optical fibers

The MMC connects light from optical fibers into silicon photonic integrated circuits by focusing light from optical fibers onto diffractive grating couplers.

Smaller size than competing connectors

The MMC is only 3.75 mm × 3.2 mm × 1.8 mm in size, which volumetrically is about one quarter the size of competing fiber-optic connectors for silicon photonics.

High Volume Applications

Manufactured by ultra-high precision stamping, which offers economy of scale in high-volume production.  Connector can be actively aligned in high-speed assembly automation and joined to surface of PIC with index-matching epoxy.

  • MICRO-MIRROR CONNECTOR (MMC)

  • Multiple mirrors precisely aligned with fiber guide grooves

MICRO-MIRROR CONNECTOR (MMC)

Multiple mirrors precisely aligned with fiber guide grooves

Ultra-precision stamping of metallic optical benches used inside the MMCs

  • Next generation of on chip connectors

  • High coupling efficiency into single-mode grating couplers
  • Glass cover plate seals and protects fibers and mirrors

  • Array of 8 fibers and 8 mirrors – suitable for PSM4

  • Actively align MMC to grating couplers. UV cure MMC to chip surface

Next generation of on chip connectors

High coupling efficiency into single-mode grating couplers

Glass cover plate seals and protects fibers and mirrors

Array of 8 fibers and 8 mirrors – suitable for PSM4

Actively align MMC to grating couplers. UV cure MMC to chip surface

Location

nanoPrecision Products Inc

802 Calle Plano, Camarillo, CA 93012 Telephone 1-310-597-4991

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