Single Mode Optical-PCB technology

Period of Performance: 03/14/2013 - 03/12/2014


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Freedom Photonics LLC
41 Aero Camino Array
Goleta, CA 93117
Principal Investigator


In this project, we are developing a single-mode waveguide 1550nm technology suitable for integration into a highly manufacturable Mil-spec Printed Circuit Board (PCB). Optical waveguides provide a high bandwidth, low loss medium for sending digital and analog signals that are not susceptible to Electromagnetic interference (EMI). As bus speeds increase, Copper interconnect technology become more limited due to signal loss, and cross talk. By incorporating an optical layer on a PCB board, the system can minimize its size, weight and power (SWaP) and vibration sensitivity with respect to a discrete fiber based solution.