May 2015: The photonics cluster of Berlin-Brandenburg acknowledges POLYSYS success and presents the objectives and the main achievements of the project. Read the relevant article here

Apr 2015: The OFC 2015 paper by POLYSYS consortium introducing the concept, development and experimental evaluation of the tunable 100G transmitter was highlighted as top-scoring paper. The authors received an invitation from the editors of IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology to submit an extended version of this work to the special issue of the journal on OFC 2015.

Jan 2015: Following the final review of POLYSYS, the European Commission has decided to highlight POLYSYS as a project success story and is now presenting it in the Photonics newsletter of the Digital Agenda for Europe. POLYSYS consortium is proud of this recognition that reflects the significant scientific and technical achievements of the consortium and the expected impact of the project in the months and years to come.

Oct 2014: The video presenting the system concept and the integration concept of ICT-PANTHER (i.e. the successor project of ICT-POLYSYS) is now available through the YouTube channel and  the website of the project.

June 2014: POLYSYS is happy to announce ICT-PANTHER as its successor project. PANTHER started in January 2014 and is expected to conclude in December 2016. Its consortium comprises the five partners of POLYSYS (ICCS/NTUA, III-V Lab, FhG-HHI, GigOptix and LINKRA), Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs France, Telecom Italia and DTU. PANTHER will rely on hybrid integration of passive polymers with electro-optic polymers and InP-DHBT electronics and will develop transceiver modules for advanced modulation formats that can support operation at rates up to 64 Gbaud and flexible modes of operation such as multi-rate, multi-format, multi-reach and multi-flow operation. The transceivers will be used in scenarios  related to inter data-center connectivity. For more information visit PANTHER website

March 2014: The final review of POLYSYS project took place at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. As part of the final review, a demonstration was made using three POLYSYS devices (the 2x100 Gb/s transmitter, the tunable 100 Gb/s transmitter and the 4x100 Gb/s transmitter) inside an intra data-center networking scenario that involved transmission over dispersion uncompensated links of single-mode fiber with length over 1 km.   

March 2014: Successful packaging and system testing of 4x100 Gb/s pin-DEMUX receiver modules and tunable 100 Gb/s transmitter module at the POLYSYS system lab was completed. 

Feb 2014: Two 4x100 Gb/s pin-DEMUX modules were assembled, packaged and forwarded for testing at the POLYSYS system lab. System evaluation is ongoing. 

Dec 2013: The 2x100 Gb/s transmitter was assembled, packaged and successfully tested in the POLYSYS system lab. Results will be described in a PDP submission for OFC 2014.

Apr 2013: The European Cluster for Optical Interconnects (ECO Interconnects) has been formed to promote visibility, sustainability and exploitation of European R&D efforts in the broad field of Optical Interconnects. Established by the consortia of optical interconnect related EU funded projects such as POLYSYS, MIRAGE, PLATON, RAMPLAS, FIREFLY, Sepianet and PhoxTroT, and with the participation of industrial and research organizations from all related datacom and telecom fields, its strategic aim is to create a critical mass for optical interconnects research in Europe - For more information, please visit the ECO Interconnects LinkedIN group

Feb 2013: GigOptix and HHI announced their strategic partnership on the development of advanced 100 Gbps integrated tunable transceivers based on their polymer technology and integration approaches that have been introduced within POLYSYS  - Read the relevant press release by GigOptix and HHI 

Nov 2012: POLYSYS prepared a first techno-economic analysis of its underlying technology. The analysis reviews needs and opportunities for high-speed components and systems in different parts of datacom and telecom networks, and presents the advantages of POLYSYS in terms of system performance, energy efficiency and cost against alternative technologies and approaches. The report will be made available soon in the Public Reports area

Sep 2012: POLYSYS achieves a post-deadline paper (PDP) at ECOC 2012 held in Amsterdam. Vasilis Katopodis, researcher at ICCS/NTUA, will present the paper entitled "Integrated Transmitter for 100 Gb/s OOK Connectivity Based on Polymer Photonics and InP-DHBT Electronics" describing the development and the experimental characterization of the first integrated, single-channel, 100 Gb/s NRZ-OOK transmitter.

Sep 2012: POLYSYS achieved successful operation of the first integrated, single-channel, 100 Gb/s NRZ-OOK transmitter. The module is based on an electro-optic polymer Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM), which is hybridly integrated with a 1550 nm DFB laser and a 2:1 MUX-DRIVER circuit relying on InP-DHBT technology. Successful operation was confirmed through eye-diagrams and BER measurements in the 80-100 Gb/s data range - Read the relevant press release by GigOptix

Mar 2012: III-V Lab developed a new generation of Multiplexer-Driver (MUX-DRV) electronic chip with 2x3V driving capabilities at 100 Gb/s - Results will be presented at International Microwave Symposium (IMS2012) in Montreal Canada (June 17-22, 2012)

Mar 2012: POLYSYS partners achieved successful integration of DFB laser with silicon/polymer based 100 Gbps Mach-Zehnder modulator in small form integrated factor - Read the relevant press release by GigOptix

Oct 2010: POLYSYS project was presented during the 6thPhotonics Concertation meeting that took place in Brussels on October 20th2010