Welcome to ROADMap Systems Ltd

ROADMap is a pioneering technology company based at St John’s Innovation Centre in Cambridge, UK. ROADMap was spun out of the University of Cambridge in 2014 to commercialise the extensive know-how and IP portfolio established in optical switching technology. The Company is developing the next generation of highly-integrated wavelength-selective switches (WSSs), using liquid-crystal-on-silicon (LCoS) beam steering. WSS are key building blocks of the reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers (ROADMs) that underpin the next generation of flexible, futureproof telecom networks.

ROADMap Technology Platform

ROADMap is commercialising its LCoS-based WSS technology by building on a disruptive platform that allows multiple independent switches to be integrated into a single module.  This module can be configured to simultaneously support both 1xN and NxN WSS functionality.  Our unique technology platform is protected by a suite of worldwide patent families covering optical switch architectures, novel material applications, crosstalk reduction techniques, passband engineering and hologram optimisation algorithms.

Telecom and Datacom

Burgeoning end user bandwidth demand is driving a rapidly-increasing need for telecom network capacity. The corresponding rise in demand for data centre storage and compute means that datacom transport networks are expanding even more rapidly than their telecom equivalents. Data centre operators are already using WSS technology in their proprietary data centre interconnect networks, and are now exploring the benefits of wavelength-division multiplexing inside the data centre, to overcome the challenges of data rate, fibre management, power requirements and network costs. The ROADMap WSS technology platform can be configured to support a low-power data centre switch, capable of routing over 1000 data channels.