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SA Photonics achieves high data rate underwater communications in turbid water

Posted on 26.01.2011 - 12:00 UTC in GENERAL NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

SA Photonics achieves high data rate underwater communications in turbid waterSA Photonics is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed open ocean testing of its Neptune underwater communications system. Testing was performed in conjunction with the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at their pier in the San Diego harbor. By precisely modulating a visible wavelength fiber laser, Neptune achieved data rates of up to 50 Megabits per second at distances beyond 20 attenuation lengths in turbid coastal water.


SA Photonics' Neptune system provides data rates that are 1000 times higher than existing acoustic modems, enabling much needed bandwidth for critical underwater applications. "Our Neptune communications system will transform communications between ships, submarines and unmanned underwater vehicles, even in turbid coastal waters," says Jim Coward, SA Photonics' President and CEO. "SA Photonics' Neptune also provides a means to communicate in acoustically noisy littoral waters, where traditional acoustic modems have difficulty."

SA Photonics engineers leveraged their extensive expertise in communications systems and fiber lasers to create a system that can autonomously change modulation formats and data rate depending on the water quality and link distance. Neptune incorporates an SA Photonics BeamDirector that provides precision closed loop acquisition, pointing and tracking for the optical link. Neptune is a very small, lightweight and power efficient system that easily installs in mini-subs and unmanned underwater vehicles, as well as in submarines and ships.

SA Photonics is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative photonics solutions for commercial and government applications. SA Photonics' expertise includes optical communications, ruggedized photonics hardware, opto-mechanical design, and complex analog and digital engineering.

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