Optical Interlinks planar polymer waveguides are extremely flexible and durable as well as resilient to radiation damage and meeting off-gas requirements making them acceptable to a broad range of application including on/off board, medical as well as both space and aviation applications. These guides can be processed to include various I/O options including Butt-Couple, TIR mirrors, metalized mirrors, insertion into many modified commercial available connector, as well as custom application specific connectors. Essentially unmeasurable crosstalk allows for tight center-to-center pitch to meet emerging high density emitter/detector arrays spacing. An open eye diagram indicates acceptable performance up to at least 28 Gb/s with higher data rate testing coming. Imaged using standard photomask technology and inexpensive equipment, Optical InterLinks waveguide technology provide a means to produce repeatable, low cost, and scalable point-to-point solutions
Optical InterLinks splitters and combiners have all of the processing capability and physical characteristics described in the Point-to-Point links section, but can be designed to provide splitting and combining functionality. The addition of imaged mode mixers, to ensure fuller modal dispersion, just prior to a split junction is useful in low or uncertain input conditions. Optical InterLinks proprietary interdiffussion technology provides links with smooth sidewalls and extremely sharp bifurcation, providing low excess loss across the splitter/combining product line. Ranging from simple 1x2 through NxM links, both splitters and combiners have been used in various application such as high power, multi-wavelength, and unique I/O configuration.
Optical InterLinks sensor products have all of the processing capability and physical characteristics described in the Point-to-Point links section but can also incorporate many if not all combiner splitter capability in order to meet application specific requirement. The inclusion of imaged guiding features, of slightly lower index, allows light to be constrained up to the sensing area (or input/output surface) and then back towards the detector with minimal divergence. Optical InterLinks sensors provide solutions that span across many position sensing, medical sensing and testing application as well as potential mux/demux operations.
Optical InterLinks custom fiber ribbons and shuffles provide for standalone fiber based optical interconnections with a unique range of capabilities. These fiber based interconnects, in combination with polymer waveguide interconnections and devices, enables OIL to provide full system optical interconnectivity. OIL creates custom ribbons utilizing a proprietary resin die design, which permits ribbons containing up to 64 fibers, combinations of single and multimode fibers based on customer requirements, and utilization of fibers with a range of diameters. All shuffles can be fully connectorized with customer choice of ferrules or shipped unterminated. OIL’s perfect and custom shuffles are created with a compact pencil sized form factor allowing extremely small differential path lengths, providing low skew for high data rate signals. OIL has a proprietary capability for creating shuffles in a near continuous process if needed. Shuffles have been created in large connected backplane configurations.