SPRINTER is a research and development project funded by the Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON) aiming to combine the best-of-breed optical components and methods from various powerful but complementary photonic integration platforms to develop low-cost, energy-efficient, and ultra-dynamic optical transceivers as well as optical switching solutions in order to cope with the diverse needs of the industrial networks and expedite their truly digital transformation.

Within SPRINTER low-cost and energy-efficient 200 Gb/s optical transceivers in order to support the high-capacity connectivity will be developed. Additionally, SPRINTER will provide ultra-fast wavelength-tunable 10 Gb/s optical transceivers, enabling the development of an all-optical switching system, guaranteeing the reliability and time determinism required for time critical communications. In addition, leveraging well proven integration techniques that allow for the fabrication of complex 3D photonic integrated circuits, the project will develop a disruptive low-loss and polarization-insensitive reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer, optimized for operation within space-division multiplexing network, assisting on the reduction of data congestion in communication systems, preventing the data loss and the delay in data delivery.

SPRINTER has received funding from the European Commission Horizon Europe programme under G.A No 101070581. It comprises twelve (12) partners from ten (10) countries.

In SPRINTER, ICCS is represented by two Research Groups, namely, the Photonics Communications Research Laboratory (PCRL) coordinating the project, and the I-SENSE Group that contributes in various scientific tasks. In particular, I-SENSE experts will contribute in the system design and specifications of SPRINTER’s technology (WP2), the development of a network management system (WP2) as well as in the system integration and testing of SPRINTER’s prototypes (devices and platform) at the ICCS 5G testbed (WP7).

Name: Low-coSt and energy-efficient hybrid Photonic integrated circuits for fibeR-optic, free-space optIcal and mmWave commuNication systems supporting Time critical networking in industrial EnviRonments – SPRINTER