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Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute HHI

Booth number: 4629-29

About us

From optical sensing to information technology – this is the range of solutions developed at HHI. These include the development and production of innovative, miniaturized fiber optic sensors and sensor networks for applications in process control, in safety engineering, and intelligent sensorics in offshore wind energy plants and power cables. A major aim of HHI’s R&D is to apply new technologies for high capacity optical communications. The scope of photonic components offered by HHI includes LEDs, Lasers, fast photodiodes as well as novel InP based THz.

For customer-specific photonic solutions with virtually unlimited applications, HHI provides two photonic integration platforms: an InP foundry service for monolithic integration as well as HHI’s flexible hybrid-integrated PolyBoard platform.

Our world class results include Terabit/s transmission via optical fibre and optical wireless communications using laser diodes and LEDs.

Products and services

PolyBoard Foundry Services

PolyBoard Foundry Services

The PolyBoard integration platform allows for rapid prototyping, short iteration cycles and low upfront development effort. Our technology allows the integration of on-chip free space elements, 3D structures, graphene electro-absorption modulators, as well as other optical functionalities such as switches, variable optical attenuators, tunable lasers, and flexible high frequency and optical interconnects.

InP Foundry Services

InP Foundry Services

Design your own InP-Based Photonic-Integrated Circuit (PIC) containing passive- and active devices on one substrate with a quick turn-around time of 3 Months. Choose from a range of proven building blocks, such as 40 GHz receivers, 20 GHz DMLs and EAMs, and 1 dB/cm passive waveguides.Dedicated design and layout software is provided, and several packaging partners are available.

Optical Wireless Communication

Optical Wireless Communication

Visible Light Communication up to 1 Gbit/s
LED - lamps, normally used for lighting purposes, securely transmit data at high speed and low latency even in environments where radio encounters difficulties. The standard RJ45 interface enables the fast integration into existing networks and the use for different applications like distribution of high-definition video streaming as well as two -way communication.

News & Innovations

High-Speed Real-time Digital Signal Processing Platform  Highly flexible FPGA-based development and demonstration platform for signal processing algorithms and real-time data transmission. The platform includes 65GSa/s DACs, 56GSa/s ADCs, 100GbE-class optical interfaces and Virtex Ultrascale/Ultrascale+ FPGA processing capabilities in a robust, 19’’-housing.


Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute HHI
Einsteinufer 37
10587 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 31002-275

Jörn Falk
Head of Group General Administration
Phone: +49 172 9039321

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