New product

TILBA, an innovative solution to improve communications with satellites

21 September 2018

Cailabs is presenting its new unique solution to improve the quality of free space optical communications (FSOC). By limiting the effect of atmospheric turbulence, TILBA is responding to the new needs of very accessible broadband everywhere, while increasing the range of laser communications. TILBA integrates passively into existing terminals to facilitate communications with satellites, autonomous vehicles or any other type of free-space optical link.

Cailabs is launching its new TILBA product to make communications with satellites more reliable

 

Cailabs is presenting its new unique solution to improve the quality of free space optical communications (FSOC). By limiting the effect of atmospheric turbulence, TILBA is responding to the new needs of very accessible broadband everywhere, while increasing the range of laser communications. TILBA integrates passively into existing terminals to facilitate communications with satellites, autonomous vehicles or any other type of free-space optical link.

 

TILBA est un composant optique totalement passif conçu pour augmenter la quantité de lumière collectée dans les communications en espace libre. En utilisant la diversité des formes de la lumière (modes spatiaux) ainsi qu’une plus grande ouverture numérique, TILBA améliore la fiabilité des liens optiques, quelles que soient les conditions météorologiques. Ses sorties, constituées de fibres optiques monomodes standards, sont compatibles avec les composants télécoms classiques et s’intègrent facilement aux systèmes de détections existants. Ce produit dérivé de la technologie MPLC au cœur d’un grand nombre de composants Cailabs, bénéficie de tout le savoir-faire déjà acquis par l’entreprise dans le domaine des télécommunications.

 

TILBA will be showcased at ECOC in Rome, Italy from September 24 to 26, 2018 at Cailabs booth # 360.

 

The exponential growth of the amount of information exchanged is a real challenge for free space communications. In many areas, optical solutions are the most capable of meeting new throughput and range requirements. However, atmospheric turbulence restricts the reliability and availability of longdistance optical links. TILBA is based on an unprecedented approach to counteract the influence of atmospheric turbulence. Unlike current technologies such as adaptive optics, with which it can be complementary, TILBA is a totally passive component that increases the amount of light received.

 

 “All sectors need to increase the throughput of their communications but not all of them can be connected to optical fiber. Downloading HD images from a drone or satellite requires huge bandwidth. Laser communications provide this, but they are hindered by atmospheric disturbance“, says Pu Jian, VP Product Management & Partnerships at Cailabs.

 

“With TILBA, we want to enable these players to transmit their data reliably and quickly. We are also studying other areas of application such as the deployment of temporary networks, for example, after a natural disaster or during a military operation, or the increased range of LiDAR systems”, she continues.

 

Key Features :

  • Greater reliability of optical links, even in the case of strong atmospheric turbulence
  • 3 to 10 demultiplexed modes for modal diversity
  • Greater numerical aperture on reception.
  • Compatible with standard telecom components (SMF)
  • A totally passive product
  • Specific packaging for airborne applications

 

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