New generic platform for the prototyping & production of photonic integrated circuits

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New generic platform for the prototyping & production of photonic integrated circuits

LIGENTEC, a leading provider of manufacturing foundry services in silicon nitride, and VLCPhotonics, a pioneer design house offering services for photonic circuit development, have collaborated to offer a generic platform for the prototyping and production of photonic integrated circuits.

LIGENTEC has matured a proprietary silicon nitride process that is able to achieve ultra-low propagation losses, with several world record devices being published in the last years. As Michael Zervas, CEO of LIGENTEC, explains: “Our process is able to deposit thick film silicon nitride, from 100 nm to 2500 nm, overcoming the challenge of crack formation due to stress in the material”. The process can also scale up to production volumes using 8” wafers and stepper lithography. Continue reading “New generic platform for the prototyping & production of photonic integrated circuits”

“Managing the data explosion: the future of data centers” – Stijn Grove, Dutch Datacenter Association

“Managing the data explosion: the future of data centers” – presented by Stijn Grove, Managing Director, Dutch Datacenter Association, at Photonic Integration Conference, Sep 27, 2016, High Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

An overview of the trends, fact & figures of data growth from a data center perspective. Continue reading ““Managing the data explosion: the future of data centers” – Stijn Grove, Dutch Datacenter Association”

First on-chip metamaterial with zero refractive index is promising for manipulating light in PICs

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The first on-chip metamaterial with a refractive index of 0 gives light an infinite phase velocity, which could be advantageous for manipulating light in photonic integrated circuits.

The metamaterial consists of silicon pillar arrays embedded in a polymer matrix and clad in gold film and was developed at Harvard University’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. It can couple to silicon waveguides to interface with standard integrated photonic components and chips. Continue reading “First on-chip metamaterial with zero refractive index is promising for manipulating light in PICs”