Beijing, November 22, 2019 – Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS), FormFactor (NASDAQ: FORM) and CompoundTek have partnered to accelerate innovation in integrated optoelectronics. Keysight Technologies is a leading technology company dedicated to helping enterprises, service providers and government customers accelerate innovation and create a secure, connected world. FormFactor is a leading provider of test and measurement technologies covering the entire life cycle of integrated circuits. CompoundTek is the global leader in foundry services for Emerging Silicon Photonics Solutions (SiPh).
Integrated optoelectronics, also known as silicon photonics, is a revolutionary technology that can dramatically increase data transfer capacity while reducing power consumption and cost. While Optical Integrated Circuits (PICs) offer an exciting alternative to the limitations of traditional data center networks, they also present new design and test challenges for component and equipment manufacturers. The adoption of PIC depends on the performance of the entire industry ecosystem, including the increase of new fab and commercial modeling tools, and the improvement of silicon photonics test capabilities.
Now, Keysight, FormFactor and CompoundTek have jointly developed an advanced in-wafer silicon photonics test solution with leading-edge features including automatic alignment and simultaneous optical signal and optoelectronic device testing.
Solutions from Keysight and CompoundTek include:
FormFactor CM300xi-SiPh; this product features automatic wafer-level optical signal positioning, which combines with Keysight’s industry-standard IL/PDL engine and N7700A Optical Communication Application Suite (PAS) to operate at 1240 nm to 1650 nm It supports repeat wavelengths of ±1.5 pm in bidirectional scanning with a maximum scan speed of 200 nm/s, ensuring accuracy and repeatability from O-band to L-band.
Keysight’s N4373E 67 GHz lightwave component analyzer; it provides excellent bandwidth for optical receiver testing and optical transmitter testing, ensuring that specifications are met when making electro-optical S-parameter measurements, enabling device reliability traceability.
Keysight’s PathWave software platform; this platform provides a consistent user experience, common data format and control interface.
· FormFactor’s SiPh software; it enables automatic calibration and alignment, and simplifies integration with Keysight’s PathWave software platform and optical communication instruments, ensuring ease of use.
Silicon photonics technology can also bring benefits to many industrial sectors, including data center internal communications, data center interconnect (DCI), telecommunications, 5G and connected cars, high-performance computing, light detection and ranging (LIDAR), and teleportation. sense and medical applications.
Dr. Joachim Peerlings, vice president of Networking and Data Center Solutions at Keysight, said: “Innovations in optical communication technology are very beneficial for us to create a secure and connected world and help the industry realize the maximum value of 5G, data center and telecommunications services. In order to Increasing speed, power and cost efficiency requires a tightly interconnected ecosystem to work together to overcome future challenges. We are very pleased to have this partnership and to move this ecosystem forward with our superior optical communications testing capabilities develop.”
CompoundTek plans to set up a state-of-the-art silicon photonics testing service center in Singapore. KS Ang, the company’s chief operating officer, said: “This solution adds wafer-level automated silicon photonics/electrical/RF testing capabilities, enabling customers to control packaging costs and avoid lost module package-level testing time. This test solution complements our current offering in volume production, while our world-class commercial foundry capabilities ensure extremely short cycle times, helping customers accelerate time-to-market and achieve commercialization goals.”
Claus Dietrich, vice president and general manager of the Systems Business Unit at FormFactor, said: “FormFactor’s advanced silicon photonics wafer testing capabilities enable our customers to achieve high yields while achieving repeatable, consistent results. The system features automatic high-speed calibration. And optical signal alignment capabilities, together with Keysight’s instruments, provide precise measurements to help customers reach their time-to-market goals sooner.”