The patent discloses a spatial division multiplexing optical communication system comprising optical devices for the multiplexing and demultiplexing of beams endowed with different multipole phases. This invention proposes an innovative and efficient solution to increase the transmission capacity of the communication network in an effective and sustainable mode. It allows to mitigate the saturation of the communication network, without the need to increase the number of datacenters or alter the existing infrastructure: the invention impacts only the transmitter and the receiver.
The exponential growth in the amount of data traffic over the last decade is leading to the collapse of current optical communication networks. For this reason, technologies that are able to increase the transmission capacity of a communication system are of utmost importance.

TRL (Technology Readiness Level)

TRL 2 / 9

Inventors

Ruffato
Gianluca

Filippo
Romanato

Grillo
Vincenzo

Rotunno
Enzo

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PoC@Unipd project 2022

With the aim of supporting the competitiveness of businesses by enhancing industrial properties, the Ministry for Economic Development (MISE) has published a call for the establishment of patent enhancement programs, through funding of Proof of Concept (PoC) projects by Italian Universities, Public Research Institutions (EPR), and Scientific Institutions for Research, Hospital and Healthcare (IRCS).

Purpose of the call is establishing TRL (Technology Readiness Level) enhancement paths for technologies patented during academic research, and create the conditions to turn them into strategic opportunities for the business world.

After careful examination of the project proposals received by the Ministry Evaluation Committee, the University of Padua was authorized to develop 8 PoC projects. The projects were selected by the University through an internal call and the program took the first steps in December 2023. From that moment on, the PoC Team started to work to validate the relevant technologies. 

The academic work team has been flanked by an external Expert Committee, comprising top scientific and professional resources (investors and entrepreneurs), capable of providing a respected standpoint on all strategic and planning choices.

UniSMART – Fondazione Università di Padova was tasked with managing the enhancement of the results of 8 projects, through its highly qualified, innovation-oriented staff, in the different PoC project sectors.

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