Rince Institute, DCU

HSDS: Centre for High Speed Devices and Systems

The High Speed Devices and Systems (HSDS) Centre is one of research centres within the Rince Institute (a PRTLI 1 funded national centre for excellence in Information and Communications Technology).

The focus of the HSDS Centre is the development of high-speed electronic and photonic materials and devices for future ultra-fast communications systems, with complementary simulation and analysis tools also being developed. Research within the group encompasses the development and processing of nano-materials; the design and demonstration of new sub-systems and devices for future terabit/s optical time division multiplexed and wavelength division multiplexed networks; and efficient modelling and simulation of high-frequency circuits and devices. HSDS currently consists of 28 researchers based in DCU. These researchers are working on a range of projects ranging from applied commercial research to blue-skies research.


 The core expertise provided by the High Speed Devices and Systems (HSDS) Group is its ability to accurately design and characterize novel high speed materials and devices. This involves the initial simulation and modeling of the devices from basic material properties, through to efficient time and frequency domain analysis of high frequency devices and circuits, and to complete systems simulations which demonstrate device performance in practical systems. The group also has significant expertise in the experimental characterization of materials and devices, ranging from advanced non-destructive electronic nanomaterials characterisation, through to complete optical and electrical characterisation of optoelectronic devices, and to performance testing of novel devices and sub-systems in complete broadband communication systems.

 Selected Key Projects:

 Currently our main research programs are funded by SFI Principal Investigator Grants, SFI centre programmes, Enterprise Ireland commercialization grants and European Research Grants. Current & recent projects include:

 • Applications of wavelength tunable laser diode in next generation optical networks

• Development of all-optical processing technologies for Terabit/s optical transmission systems

• Design of Radio-over-Fibre distribution systems for broadband access networks

• Development of advanced characterization techniques for monitoring data signals in high-speed photonic systems

• Design, realization and characterization of new III-V lasers terahertz emission

• Design, realization and characterization of low noise semiconductor optical amplifiers.

• Development of Simulation and Modeling techniques for Application in Radio frequency Technology


Selected Academic Linkages:

 University of Limerick, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Tyndall Institute, University of Rennes, University of Auckland, Lakehead University Ontario, National University of Ireland Maynooth etc.

 Selected Industrial/Other Linkages:

 Eblana Photonics, Alcatel-Lucent, APEX Technologies, Pilot Photonics, Sonex, Intel etc.

 Research Groups/Laboratories:

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Radio and Optical Communication Laboratory:

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Nanomaterials Processing Laboratory (NPL):


RF Modelling & Simulation Laboratory: ,


Contact Head of HSDS:         Dr. Pascal Landais