Huber+Suhner Polatis (UK)
World leader in optical switch matrices for terrestrial optical networks and data centers.
HUBER+SUHNER Polatis delivers the world’s lowest loss, all‐optical switching solutions for dynamic remote fiber‐layer provisioning, protection, monitoring, reconfiguration and testing, with over 1000 systems shipped worldwide. The company is part of the HUBER+SUHNER group, whose ultimate parent is HUBER+SUHNER AG, based in Zurich, Switzerland. H+S Polatis has R&D and some manufacturing facilities in Cambridge (UK) and further manufacturing facilities located near Krakow (Poland). Over 80% of H+S Polatis products are exported to customers outside the EU.
At the core of Polatis’ switching solutions is its unique DirectLight® technology, which combines piezoelectric actuation with integrated position sensors to provide non‐blocking connectivity between 2D arrays of collimated fibers directly in free space (thus avoiding the performance impairments associated with traditional MEMS devices). Significantly, switching occurs completely independent of the power level, color or direction of light on the path, enabling pre‐provisioning of dark fiber and avoiding concatenation of switching delays across mesh or multi‐stage switch networks.
Polatis’ dependable, field‐proven DirectLight® optical matrix switch technology currently scales from 4×4 to 384×384 fiber ports with typically 1dB optical loss, applying class‐leading performance to telecommunications, datacenter, government, test and video networks.
Coordinator of the consortium
Recognized space optronic equipment provider, leader in the star tracker market.
Sodern is a French medium size company (350 collaborators) which has been active in the space sector for over 40 years as an optronic instrument provider. The company relies on a wide skillset and can perform system analysis, optical design, opto-mechanical design, electronic design as well as execute the production of demonstrators and final flight models.
Sodern carries a product line of star trackers, which are integrated camera units relying upon star imaging to convey altitude control information to satellites. With 80 units shipped annually, Sodern is the number one supplier in the market and enjoys a customer base of over 22 different satellites primes for the high-end satellite market. Moreover, Sodern is now also addressing the “new space” market of small satellite with a new miniaturized and low-cost star tracker named Auriga. With this product Sodern is the star tracker supplier of the OneWeb constellation, which means it will assemble at least 1800 star trackers in the next two years.
A partnership for orbital switching
In order to address the emerging use of photonics in communication satellites for Optical Inter-Satellite Links (OISLs), feeder links or photonic payload, Sodern has signed a teaming agreement with HUBER+SUHNER Polatis. The aim of this partnership is to develop a space-graded version of Polatis’ current terrestrial optical switch technology named DirectLight®. In the frame of a H2020 project called Optima, Sodern and Polatis are validating the abilities of the opto-mechanical core of DirectLight® technology to face space environments.