Axenic (United Kingdom) - Coordinator

Axenic are a UK based SME founded in August 2015 by a management buyout. The company operates in the avionics, vehicles and test and measurement market segments; with our robust, linear, high optical and RF power capable GaAs optical modulator technology for analogue and digital communication over optical fibre, optical networking, optical sensing and radio over fibre applications. This technology was developed by a highly experienced team of optical designers, product engineers and business managers for the data communications and telecommunications markets for a number of optical component suppliers over more than 10 years.​

AIRBUS Defence and Space (United Kingdom)

Astrium (Airbus Defence and Space) is a leading supplier of high power payloads with over 25 years experience in their design, manufacture and in-orbit operations. Early developments included Europe’s first Ku-band payload on OTS, the successful ECS-series of payloads and the high-power Olympus Ku-band and Ka-band payloads. More recently, Astrium has built C/Ku and Ka-band payloads for many customers, including Eutelsat’s recent KaSat spacecraft. Astrium has extensive experience of complex payload manufacture including the complex Inmarsat 4 and XL spacecraft – featuring digital processors – and the Skynet 5 series of complex military satellites. Astrium is confident in its ability to implement complex payload for telecom satellite projects and be competitive in world markets for future generation of broadband and multi-beam satellites. The payload engineering division has significant experience of studies in payload architectures and technologies.


INPHOTECH carries out fabrication, research and development of specialty optic fibres (including microstructured, photonic crystal, plastic and plastic microstructured), innovative optical fibre components and devices. It is a spin-off company from the two world-leading fibre technology groups at University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska (UMCS) in Lublin and Military University of Technology (MUT) in Warsaw (both in Poland). INPHOTECH specialty fibres technology includes: (a) Preform technology: MCVD and OVD, (b) Drawing towers: for silica glass, soft glasses and polymers, (c) Fibre examples of microstructured and classical fibres such as: highly nonlinear, highly birefringent, extremely high or low NA, exceptionally low bending loss, active, multi core, and multi clad etc., (d) Fibre components including classical and microstructured fibres, pigtails, patchcords, efficient splices, fibre attenuators, fibres with tunable parameters (attenuation, birefringence, nonlinearity, mode field area, numerical aperture etc.), (e) Fibre devices based on classical and microstructured fibres: dispersion compensators, sensors (vibration, temperature, strain, pressure and others), fibre modulators, variable attenuators, broadband fibre light sources etc.

IHP (Germany)

Leibniz Institute for Innovative Microelectronics (IHP) is a public research institute located in Frankfurt (Oder) in Germany. IHP has a team of about 300 R&D professionals with core competence in Micro-electronics process technology, circuit design, and systems. As a public research institute and member of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Society, the core funding comes from the German Federal Government and the State Government of Brandenburg. The institute aims at establishing the region of East-Brandenburg as a high-tech region and to create jobs through innovation. IHP uses its R&D to enhance the competitiveness of German and European businesses and works closely with the Federal and State Governments to attract international companies to the region. IHP owns a 1000 square meters, class 1 clean room and pilot line with production-grade tool-set for 0.25 and 0.13 μm technologies and offers its CMOS and SiGe BiCMOS technologies for Multi Project Wafer service and low-volume prototyping to external customers. IHP is focussed on developing innovative solutions for wired and wireless communications and microelectronics. Its expertise ranges from system design, digital, analog and RF IC design to the development of 130nm to 250 nm SiGe BiCMOS and RFCMOS technologies and Si photonics. IHP has long years of experience in wireless systems research especially in RF circuit design, baseband/MAC processor design, and semiconductor processing technology. IHP has been involved in MUX/DEMUX design for 100Gbps long‐range optical applications, 10Gbps and 40Gbps analog front ends for optical links (VCSEL/Modulator driver, TIA), AD converters up to 15Gsample/s and DA converters up to 30GSample/s. IHP is actively participating in EU projects: PULSERS I/II, GALAXY, MIMAX, OMEGA, BOOM, HELIOS. IHP is the coordinator of GALAXY and GALACTICO.

Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)

Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT, Institute of Telecommunications) is a private, not-for-profit organization, of public interest, a partnership of four institutions with experience and tradition in research and development in the field of telecommunications: Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade de Aveiro (UA), Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra (FCTUC), and Portugal Telecom Inovação, S.A. (PTIN). It was created with support of a 7.5 million Euro grant from CIÊNCIA Programme. This investment enabled the building of new infrastructures and equipping of research laboratories. Installation was concluded at Aveiro in 1993 and at Lisbon and Coimbra in 1994. In recognition of its achievements, IT was awarded the status of Associate Laboratory of the Portuguese Ministry for Science and Technology in 2001. In 2004 Siemens Portugal S.A. also became a partner of IT. The main research and education activities in IT are incorporated in the following research areas: wireless communications, optical communications, networks, and multimedia. These areas interact with a horizontal area of basic sciences (applied mathematics and physics, and communication theory) and support technologies for telecommunications (electronics, and instrumentation, and measurements). IT has state of the art facilities for design and characterization of photonic and microwave devices, sub-systems and systems.

Gooch & Housego (United Kingdom)

Gooch & Housego is a world-leading manufacturer of precision optical components and sub-systems based upon key enabling optical technologies. Gooch & Housego offers world class design, development and manufacturing expertise across a broad complementary range of technologies: fibre optics, electro-optics, photonic packaging and system integration. G&H has been supplying high-quality fibre optic components and optical modules into a variety of market sectors, including telecommunications, fibre laser, aerospace, and biomedical since 1985. The original core technology is fused biconical tapering and it has been a world leader in this field for a number of years. The photonic packaging business unit specialises in packaging of optical components, and optical module assembly operations. The Class 1000 cleanroom facility includes equipment for die attach, wire bonding, SM and PM fibre alignment and hermetic sealing and testing (fine and gross leak) to telecoms and MIL-STD requirements. The Systems Technology Group (STG) is a separate business unit with a remit to design, develop and prototype systems-level products. The STG involves a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in mechanical, electronic and software design and modelling that enables integration of these technologies with G&H's expertise in photonics.

Watgrid (Portugal)

Watgrid is a high-tech SME developing innovative solutions and products in the field of photonics. The core team of Watgrid joins accumulated experience of >30 years in research, project management, product development and technology transfer. The team has already published 6 patents and more than 400 scientific papers. The innovative nature of WATGRID has already allowed us to win 2 SME innovation awards (MIT-ISCTE and 33entrepreneurs) and being selected by SAPO TEK as one of the Portuguese innovative SMEs to watch during 2014. A strong background both in academia and industry in the field of photonics, communications and sensors as well as experience in FP7 projects makes us the ideal partner for research, product development or participation in projects from Horizon 2020.