Silicon photonics holds the potential to become a cost-effective, scalable technology for the production of photonic integrated circuits (PIC’s) to address applications including high-performance optical networking, data center interconnects, signal processing, and biological and chemical sensing.
Researchers have taken key steps towards building a European-based silicon photonics supply chain and speeding up industrialisation of the technology.
Partners involved in the EU-funded PLAT4M project have developed new technologies to achieve the mass production of silicon photonics, which can be used to build complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) circuits. Continue reading “Researchers have taken key steps towards building a European-based silicon photonics supply chain”
The potential of a foundry process is, to a large extent, determined by the maturity of the technology reflected in the contents of the Process Design Kit provided to its users. Such a PDK is compatible with design software and contains in general: Continue reading “Process Design Kit Roadmap for Photonic Integration”
As a result of significant investments in the development of foundry technology infrastructure (well over 50 M€ in European and national projects so far) Europe is making substantial progress in this new way of working. In this section we give an overview of the present status of the foundry capabilities of the JePPIX partners and a prediction for the status in 2016, 2018 and 2020. Continue reading “Technology Roadmap for Photonic Integration”
The PIC foundries are the enablers of a business sector that promises to become very large, even though it is difficult to quantify at this stage. Their business case must take a long term view, however. Continue reading “The business case for PIC foundries”
Based on the roadmap of JePPIX: Successful introduction of a novel technology requires a close interaction between the users and the providers of that novel technology. Continue reading “The ecosystem for Photonic ICs”
The anticipated large reduction in R&D time and chip manufacturing costs will lead to a large growth in the share of Photonic ICs in the photonic components market. Continue reading “Applications for Photonic Integration”
Read the executive summary of the JePPIX ROADMAP 2015. The generic foundry approach is initiating a revolution in micro and nanophotonics, just as it did in microelectronics more than thirty years ago. Continue reading “The road to a multi-billion Euro market in Integrated Photonics”
STMicroelectronics has revealed its leadership of Lab4MEMS II, an extension that builds on the continuing success of the existing Lab4MEMS project, announced in April 2013. Continue reading “STMicroelectronics Leads European Research Project to Develop Next-Generation Optical MEMS”
Data centers are morphing into computing singularities, albeit large ones. Silicon photonics will hasten that process. The reason why begins with Moore’s Law. Continue reading “Silicon photonics will revolutionize data centers in 2015”