LEO Space PhotonICs

LEO Space Photonics (LEO) is a fabless start-up developer of electronic & photonic transceiver integrated circuits (ICs) for SatCom and hi-rel optical interconnect applications. LEO product development focus is on high-speed rad-hard transceiver electronic ICs for short-reach intra-satellite links as well as electronic-photonic transceiver ICs for inter-satellite laser-com links. The company R&D activity focuses on new generation, photonics-enabled satellite systems in strategic areas such as high-speed satellite constellation connectivity and high-capacity communication satellite payloads. In these areas LEO is leading H2020-SPACE-ORIONAS ( and H2020-SPACE-SIPHODIAS ( projects and participates in H2020-SPACE-VERTIGO ( For more information check:

Co-ordinator & IC design


Leibniz Institute Leibniz Institute for Innovative Microelectronics (IHP) is a public research institute located in Frankfurt (Oder) in Germany. IHP has a team of 240 R&D professionals with core competence in micro-electronics process technology, circuit design, and systems. 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 focused 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 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), analog-to digital converters up to 15Gsample/s and Digital-to-Analog converters up to 30GSample/s. IHP is or has been a partner in several EU-funded research projects.



Drawing on over 40 years of experience and a unique combination of skills, expertise and cultures, Thales Alenia Space delivers cost-effective solutions for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures. Governments and private industry alike count on Thales Alenia Space to design satellite-based systems that provide anytime, anywhere connections and positioning, monitor our planet, enhance management of its resources, and explore our Solar System and beyond. Thales Alenia Space sees space as a new horizon, helping to build a better, more sustainable life on Earth. A joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), Thales Alenia Space is also teamed with Telespazio in the parent companies’ Space Alliance, which offers a complete range of services. Thales Alenia Space posted consolidated revenues of about 2.5 billion euros in 2018 and has around 8,000 employees in nine countries.



Albis Optoelectronics (ALBIS) is a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of high-speed PIN and APD photodiodes for fiber optic datacom and telecom applications. The diversified product portfolio supports 10G, 40G and 100G communication links as well as analog microwave applications. The Zurich based fabrication facilities offer full in-house production from front-end to back-end and includes a class 100 clean room and extensive test and qualification laboratories. New products for emerging markets as well as customer specific modifications are developed by a team of experienced scientists and engineers. The company produces high quality products fulfilling Telcordia GR-468 and MIL-STD-883E requirements. Albis Optoelectronics has built a strong reputation and expertise on photodiode technology for more than 20 years. Within this project Albis will design and fabricate 40 GHz packaged photodiode modules with a small form factor.

ALBIS Opto-electronics


ALTER TECHNOLOGY was established in 1986. Its headquarters are located in Seville in a modern 2500 square meters building. A further 3000 square meters plant located in Madrid, provides facilities for equipment testing in the fields on EMC, electrical safety, thermal cycling, thermal vacuum and mechanical testing as well as specific test facilities for optoelectronic and very extreme temperature testing. ALTER TECHNOLOGY is devoted to the following activities: a) Engineering, testing, quality assurance and procurement of high reliability EEE components, and to the performance of related studies. b) Optoelectronic & photonics technologies evaluation for space application, c) Management of R&D projects related to new EEE parts technologies for Hi-Rel applications, d) CE marking analysis and tests on electrical and electronic equipment through EMC and safety tests. The company employs experts in testing engineering, certification approvals, semiconductor physics, component and equipment engineers specialised in high reliability applications and programme managers. Currently, 200 persons are working at ALTER TECHNOLOGY. On June 29th 2011 ALTER TECHNOLOGY has become part of TÜV NORD Group – a leading inspection and certification company in Europe (main offices located in Hamburg and Hannover and Essen.). TÜV NORD is an independent engineering and technical services company which employs altogether over 14.000 experts in more than 70 countries.



aXenic is a UK-based SME, which specializes in Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) electro-optic modulators for both terrestrial and aerospace applications.  aXenic’s GaAs electro-optic modulator technology-base was originally devised for precisely the class of defense and aerospace applications envisaged herein but was subsequently adopted and adapted to the fibre-optic telecommunications market.  From this background, aXenic has refocused on the more specialist markets with space applications as a key emphasis. Originally a group within Filtronic’s semiconductor activity, aXenic was for some years a semi-autonomous UK division of u2t Photonics and later Finisar (after Finisar acquired u2t).  aXenic was spun out of Finisar as a fully independent SME in 2015.



ALTER-UK is part of the Alter Technology Group TUV Nord S.A.U. ALTER-UK unit is technology oriented active in the field of optoelectronics, microelectronics and MEMS packaging design and assembly services. Turn-key packaging services enable its customers to reduce development and manufacturing costs, accelerate time to market and reduce risk with new product developments. ALTER-UK also offers full design and assembly of custom products and is experience in harsh environment applications, including the Space sector, for which quality and reliability is a must along with an efficient supply chain.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 870522