RF General-Purpose Photonic Processor


A new technical paper titled “General-purpose programmable photonic processor for advanced radiofrequency applications” was published by researchers at Universitat Politècnica de València and iPronics.

“A general-purpose photonic processor can be built integrating a silicon photonic programmable core in a technology stack comprising an electronic monitoring and controlling layer and a software layer for resource control and programming. This processor can leverage the unique properties of photonics in terms of ultra-high bandwidth, high-speed operation, and low power consumption while operating in a complementary and synergistic way with electronic processors. These features are key in applications such as next-generation 5/6 G wireless systems where reconfigurable filtering, frequency conversion, arbitrary waveform generation, and beamforming are currently provided by microwave photonic subsystems that cannot be scaled down. Here we report the first general-purpose programmable processor with the remarkable capability to implement all the required basic functionalities of a microwave photonic system by suitable programming of its resources. The processor is fabricated in silicon photonics and incorporates the full photonic/electronic and software stack.”

Find the technical paper here. Published February 2024.

Pérez-López, D., Gutierrez, A., Sánchez, D. et al. General-purpose programmable photonic processor for advanced radiofrequency applications. Nat Commun 15, 1563 (2024). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-024-45888-7.

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