Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) and the University of California, San Diego
(UCSD), today announced they have established a new chip-scale micro- and nanophotonic-
systems testing facility on the UCSD campus.
The new facility is part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research
Instrumentation (MRI) project and is being set up in conjunction with the multi-university
Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN), led by The University of Arizona.
The new Chip-Scale Photonic Testing Facility is housed in the California Institute
for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) which is located
on the UCSD campus. The facility will support testing and characterization of
micro- and nano-scale ultra-high-speed optical components and subsystems for
numerous applications, including technology for future data centers and cloud
"Accurate, high-speed measurements are essential to the investigation
of novel designs and fabrication techniques for nanophotonic devices,"
said CIAN Deputy Director Yeshaiahu Fainman, a Cymer Professor of Advanced Optical
Technologies in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of UCSD's
Jacobs School of Engineering. "This testing facility will hopefully lead
to closer collaborations with our industry partners. Agilent Technologies has
made it possible for us to build a facility with state-of-the-art test and measurement
equipment that complement the technologies deployed in other UCSD and CIAN laboratories."
A complete suite of 40 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) test equipment will permit
component-level compliance testing and troubleshooting of devices intended for
NSF's MRI Data Center Testbed, further enhancing the work of Calit2 and
CIAN in these areas. In the next few years, CIAN participants at UCSD expect
to upgrade the basic data rates of the Chip-Scale Photonic Testing Facility
from 40 Gbps to 100 Gbps (and greater). The facility also will add system- and
network-level analysis capabilities, including modulation and bit-error rate
"In addition to testbeds, another major thrust of CIAN is the development
of industrial collaborations and technology transfer to the private sector,"
said CIAN Director Nasser Peyghambarian, a professor of optics at UA. "We
are delighted with the supportive role that Agilent Technologies is taking with
respect to research in testbeds, industrial collaborations, technology transfer,
education outreach and diversity."
"We are delighted to be associated with the CIAN research effort and
to help establish the testbed facility at UCSD for CIAN," said Bill Wallace,
Americas region director of university development, Agilent. "The research
conducted by distinguished CIAN and UCSD faculty will enable new, affordable
and flexible networks, with data service rates of 10 Gigabits-per-second. The
research being conducted by CIAN is both interesting and transformational in
Calit2 currently hosts a second photonics testbed at UCSD, which is one of
the NSF's Engineering Research Centers. The photonics testbed is used
by researchers from the nine universities participating in CIAN.
Based at the University of Arizona (UA), CIAN is designed to create transformative
technology for optical access networks. Virtually any application requiring
any resource can be seamlessly and efficiently aggregated and interfaced with
existing and future core networks in a cost-effective manner.
UA recently began construction on a new testbed for optical aggregation networking,
another NSF facility, with matching support from Agilent as well as Fujitsu
Network Communications and Yokogawa Corp. of America. CIAN researchers also
can access existing facilities at Columbia University for cross-layer optimization,
and the University of Southern California for optical data introspection, which
round out the principal sites for CIAN researchers who need specialized testing