Photonic Integration

Adhesive-free fused silica fiber joints made possible by direct laser welding

Fused silica may be expensive and complicated to produce, but the laser welding process developed at Fraunhofer IZM, which uses it as a connection for photonic chips, is something of a revolution. Welding with a CO2 laser enables robust and…

FASTER, HIGHER, STRONGER: WHY CO-PACKAGED OPTICS ARE A GAME CHANGER

Everywhere in the world, the bandwidth of Ethernet networks keeps growing. This extremely rapid growth is powered by the great progress made in many areas involved, such as video, AI, HPC, and 5G. The operators of data centres and research…

TURBOCHARGING NETFLIX OR AMAZON? PHOTONICS COMES TO THE RESCUE

With IT evolving at historically unprecedented rates and taking over every aspect of our lives, data centres are getting bigger, more powerful, and more ubiquitous by the day. Crucial telecommunication infrastructure keeps their bits and pieces connected and working perfectly…

PHOTONIC INSIGHTS – ENLIGHTENING THE MATERIAL WORLD

Mike Richardson has always been a science and technology enthusiast. Having chosen Berlin as the perfect place for founders, not least for those working in the exciting field of spectroscopic solutions, he navigated the difficult world of start-up ventures with…

HOW LIGHT CAN MAKE LIVING WITH DIABETES MORE CONVENIENT

Non-invasive blood glucose monitoring systems are one of the hottest topics in current medical technology. That is one of the reasons why the FMD space, which Fraunhofer IZM is a part of, endowed the idea of the start-up Quantune Technologies…

The Glassy Future of Circuit Boards

It’s an understatement to say that a lot has changed in microelectronics in the last fifty years – and the same goes for circuit boards.  But even greater changes are afoot: with ever more data being used and shared, electrical…