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The European project Merlin on multi-gigabit, energy-efficient, ruggedized lightwave engines for advanced on-board digital processors
Author(s): L. Stampoulidis; E. Kehayas; M. Karppinen; A. Tanskanen; V. Heikkinen; P. Westbergh; J. Gustavsson; A. Larsson; L. Grüner-Nielsen; M. Sotom; N. Venet; M. Ko; D. Micusik; D. Kissinger; A. C. Ulusoy; R. King; R. Safaisini

Paper Abstract

Modern broadband communication networks rely on satellites to complement the terrestrial telecommunication infrastructure. Satellites accommodate global reach and enable world-wide direct broadcasting by facilitating wide access to the backbone network from remote sites or areas where the installation of ground segment infrastructure is not economically viable. At the same time the new broadband applications increase the bandwidth demands in every part of the network - and satellites are no exception. Modern telecom satellites incorporate On-Board Processors (OBP) having analogue-to-digital (ADC) and digital-to-analogue converters (DAC) at their inputs/outputs and making use of digital processing to handle hundreds of signals; as the amount of information exchanged increases, so do the physical size, mass and power consumption of the interconnects required to transfer massive amounts of data through bulk electric wires.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 November 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10563, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2014, 105635F (17 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2304121
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L. Stampoulidis, Gooch and Housego (United Kingdom)
E. Kehayas, Gooch and Housego (United Kingdom)
M. Karppinen, VTT Technical Research Ctr. of Finland (Finland)
A. Tanskanen, VTT Technical Research Ctr. of Finland (Finland)
V. Heikkinen, VTT Technical Research Ctr. of Finland (Finland)
P. Westbergh, Chalmers Univ. of Technology (Sweden)
J. Gustavsson, Chalmers Univ. of Technology (Sweden)
A. Larsson, Chalmers Univ. of Technology (Sweden)
L. Grüner-Nielsen, OFS (Denmark)
M. Sotom, Thales Alenia Space (France)
N. Venet, Thales Alenia Space (France)
M. Ko, IHP Institute for Innovative Microelectronics (Germany)
D. Micusik, IHP Institute for Innovative Microelectronics (Germany)
D. Kissinger, IHP Institute for Innovative Microelectronics (Germany)
A. C. Ulusoy, IHP Institute for Innovative Microelectronics (Germany)
R. King, Philips GmbH - ULM Photonics (Germany)
R. Safaisini, Philips GmbH - ULM Photonics (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10563:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2014
Zoran Sodnik; Bruno Cugny; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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