PASSION (Photonic technologies for a programmable transmission and switching modular systems based on Scalable Spectrum/space aggregation for future high capacity metrO Networks) is a three-year project, funded by one of the calls under the Photonic Private Partnership (PPP) Photonics21 of the Horizon 2020 European program, with a total budget of almost 8.5 million euros (nearly $10 million dollars). The project was launched in December 2017 by 12 partners (CTTC, Telefonica and VLC Photonics - Spain, TU Eindhoven and Effect Photonics – The Netherlands, Vertilas - Germany, VTT - Finland, Opsys Technologies - Israel, SM Optics - Italy, EPIC - France, NICT - Japan, ETRI - South Korea) and coordinated by Politecnico di Milano - Italy.
PASSION is a platform based on photonic technologies supporting the development of the future metropolitan communications network, characterized by high transmission capacity, low cost, and reduced energy consumption. New transmission, detection, and routing solutions in a new network architecture ensure a transmission rate of more than 100 Tb/s per link and a switching capacity of over 1 Pb/s per node. PASSION will use a technological platform based on directly-modulated vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser sources (VCSELs) and on multichannel coherent receivers integrated on silicon photonics technology, providing high modularity and aggregating signal flows with a capacity of 16 Tb/s per channel and 112 Tb/s per link exploiting a 7-core fiber.