The photonic assembly proposed by C2MI is a technique which makes possible to build circuits using light signals (photons) instead of the usual electrical signals. These light-manipulating structures can be used for the creation of ultra-sensitive sensors and the development of optical integrated circuits.
The main advantage of using optical rather than electrical signals is to be able to mix several signals in the same “wires” which are in fact “optical fibers”. This makes it possible to transport a greater quantity of information with less loss.
Photonic assembly brings its share of challenges, with the need to be able to assemble multiple optical components such as fibers, lasers, detectors, mirrors and prisms. The precision required for the positioning of these components can sometimes be extreme, going up to 50 nm, the equivalent of a hair cut in 2000!
Without these state-of-the-art assembly techniques, it would be impossible for the industry to be able to offer today’s fast internet communications. C2MI helps to make these communications faster and more efficient!