List of our common terms and abbreviations

Common Terminology

Abbreviation / TermDescription
5G NRThe frequency bands for 5G New Radio. 5G NR, which is the air interface or radio access technology for 5G networks, are divided into two frequency ranges: Frequency Range 1, FR1, (frequency bands under 6 GHz and potential new spectrum offerings from 410 MHz to 7125 MHz) and Frequency Range 2, FR2, (frequency bands from 24,25 GHz to 71,0 GHz).
III-V semiconductorsIII-V semiconductors are composed of one or more elements from group III (e.g. boron, gallium, aluminum and indium) and group V (e.g. arsenic, antimony and phosphorus) of the periodic table. Examples include indium arsenide and gallium nitride. They usually display high electron mobility and are used in optoelectronic and electronic applications alike. They are the second most used semiconductor material in industry after silicon.
Chip/microchipA slice of material, usually silicon, containing an electric circuit. Such a silicon chip can contain everything from an individual transistor to a complete computer system comprising billions of transistors.
CPE, Customer Premises EquipmentEquipment that the customer/subscriber installs locally in their premises and is connected to an operator’s equipment at a demarcation point.
DCI, Data Center InterconnectDCI technology connects two or more data centers over short, medium or long distances using high-speed optical connectivity. DCIs are becoming increasingly common in order to increase capacity and the trend is towards hyper-scale data centers.
IC, Integrated CircuitAn electronic circuit where the components are manufactured together, unlike a conventional circuit where the components are manufactured individually and then joined. The integrated circuit usually consists of a thin wafer of silicon with integrated thin wires of conductor between individual active components.
InP, Indium PhosphideA III-V semiconductor.
InP100Sivers Photonics’ indium phosphide platform for advanced optical communications and applications with very high data speeds.
Li-Fi//LiFiWireless communication technology that uses light to transmit data and position between devices.
LiDAR, Light Detection And RagingLight radar, light-based radar technology. An optical measurement technology that measures the properties of reflected light to determine the distance to and/or other properties of a distant object. Examples of everyday applications include optical rangefinders in the construction industry and traffic speed monitoring.
Light sourceWhere a laser beam is generated. The most common laser sources include fiber laser, UV laser, CO2 laser, YAG laser and laser diodes.
OEM, Original Equipment ManufacturerProduces original products. A term used by system manufacturers or operators, for example.
OptoelectronicsTechnology based on a combination of optics and electronics. Optoelectronics encompasses broad areas of knowledge that include optical radiation, interaction between light and matter, and the properties of radiation sources.
PhotonicsThe combination of modern electronics and optics. Photonics, i.e. optical fibers and integrated photonic devices, are the backbone of global communication.
PON, Passive Optical NetworkA system commonly used by telecommunications network providers that brings fiber-optic cabling and signals all or most of the way to the end user. Depending on where the PON terminates, the system can be described as fiber to the curb, fiber to the building or fiber to the home.
RF moduleA small electronic device that is used to transmit and/or receive radio signals between two devices. RF stands for radio frequency. In an embedded system, it is often desirable to communicate wirelessly with another device. This wireless communication can be achieved through optical communications or radio frequency communications.
RFIC, Radio-Frequency Integrated CircuitA chip/integrated circuit that receives or transmits radio waves and converts them into electric signals. RF chips are found in portable telephones, cellphones, Wi-Fi devices, wireless routers, wireless base stations, satellite transceivers and microwave equipment, for example.
SATCOMSatellite communications.
Silicon photonicsSilicon-based photonics, a fast-growing technology where copper connections are replaced by small optical circuits that are integrated with electric silicon circuits on the same silicon wafer to enable the transmission of light instead of electric signals.
sub-6GHz-5GThere are two types of 5G network: millimeter wave (mmWave) and sub-6GHz-5G. mmWave networks are ultrafast, but have a short range. Millimeter wave uses high-frequency radio bands that have high capacity (24 GHz to 71 GHz) while sub-6GHz uses medium and low-frequency bands below 6 GHz. Sub-6GHz-5G is the type of 5G currently being rolled out nationally.
TransceiverA single device that can both send and receive Internet, telephony and radio signals, for example, and where some parts of the device, such as the antenna, are used by both the transmitter and receiver.
Unlicensed 5G5G in unlicensed frequency bands, usually with mmWave technology.
WaferA thin slice of a semiconductor, such as crystalline silicon (c-Si), used for the manufacture of integrated circuits. The wafer serves as the substrate for microelectronics built in and upon the wafer. It undergoes many microfabrication processes, such as etching, thin-film deposition of various materials and photolithographic patterning. Finally, the individual microcircuits are separated by wafer dicing and packaged as an integrated circuit
WISP, Wireless Internet Service ProviderA small independent operator that complements the nationwide operators’ networks with wireless broadband access.