Researchers Design Heterogeneously Integrated III-V Laser on Thin SOI

Experts agree, light-based communication technology and optical data storage of the future will rely on III–V silicon on-chip lasers. A prerequisite for these lasers is to confine light for maximum efficiency and couple light with optical waveguides.

Researchers at the A*STAR Data Storage Institute (DSI) have now designed a compact III–V silicon laser that does both. With two tapered ends, the structure realizes efficient lasing through the smart control of light — light is tightly confined to the III–V semiconductor layer where lasing occurs. Furthermore, both laser ends are tapered to facilitate the coupling of light with underlying silicon waveguides. Continue reading “Researchers Design Heterogeneously Integrated III-V Laser on Thin SOI”

It only needs to be imagined

Why are integrated photonics applied less frequently as an enabling technology than electronics or ‘standard’ optical equipment? For chip manufacturer SMART Photonics, in Eindhoven, the answer is simple: photonics is a relatively unknown technology and integrated photonics is virtually unheard of; despite the fact that the technology has so much potential. A few years ago the company began to produce integrated photonic chips with the potential for diverse applications in a wide range of industries. In high-tech industries sectors such as data and telecom, the medical sector and aviation, integrated photonics offer many advantages and new functionalities compared or in addition to existing solutions. Continue reading “It only needs to be imagined”

EU-funded researchers develop new photonic chips that could transform how online data is sent and stored

EU-funded researchers have developed new silicon chips that offer increased bandwidth and will help businesses cut operational costs in the era of big data.

A key potential end user of these chips, developed through the EU-funded IRIS project, will be data centre operators. Data centres house computer systems and associated components such as telecommunications and storage systems that ensure the smooth running of businesses. Companies increasingly rely on their information systems to run operations. Continue reading “EU-funded researchers develop new photonic chips that could transform how online data is sent and stored”

Why the next phase of integrated Photonics is important for startups

“Today, optics is a niche technology. Tomorrow, it’s the mainstream of every chip that we build.”
That was a statement from Intel senior vice president Pat Gelsinger back in 2006.

One decade later, “tomorrow” has arrived for Photonics.It is a European success story that has now reached a tipping point.  Continue reading “Why the next phase of integrated Photonics is important for startups”

30,000 Times More Accurate Measurements Thanks to Integrated Photonics

From the aerodynamics of aircraft wings to micro-vibrations in the high-tech industry: a wide range of industries have a pressing need for extremely accurate measurement systems. Technobis, based in Alkmaar, the Netherlands, develops just such measurement systems. Thanks to Integrated Photonics Technology, their measurement accuracy and reliability has increased considerably. It is now possible to take measurements just 50 nanoseconds apart, 400,000 times faster than a hummingbird’s wings, which flap 50 times per second. Continue reading “30,000 Times More Accurate Measurements Thanks to Integrated Photonics”

“Customized Optical Sensors in Standard CMOS Technology”, Presented by Werner Brockherde, Fraunhofer IMS

The co-integration of optical sensors with standard CMOS technology enables new smart optical sensor systems. The presentation displays how highly advanced detector technologies like pinned photodiodes, SPADs, or CCDs can be integrated into a standard CMOS process without detrimental intervention into the standard CMOS process flow. Continue reading ““Customized Optical Sensors in Standard CMOS Technology”, Presented by Werner Brockherde, Fraunhofer IMS”

Access to Information at our Finger Tips Powered by Integrated Chips

We all love watching the latest House of Cards on our cellphones or tablets, navigating the streets of Barcelona while listening to music through our apps – preferably without any delays or hiccups. With all this new, mobile technology in our hands, our thirst for fast connections and lots of data has grown exponentially. But data technology is reaching its limits. What we need is nothing short of a revolutionary innovation that is able to deal with more data at the speed of light. Continue reading “Access to Information at our Finger Tips Powered by Integrated Chips”

EVG Organizes Photonics Workshop at MNE Support Leading International Conference

EV Group (EVG), a leading supplier of wafer bonding and lithography equipment for the MEMS, nanotechnology and semiconductor markets, will host a special session at the 41 st Micro and Nano Engineering (MNE 2015) conference – a leading international conference on micro- and nanofabrication and manufacturing using lithography and related techniques. Continue reading “EVG Organizes Photonics Workshop at MNE Support Leading International Conference”

Iñigo Artundo, CEO of VLC Photonics: “The Next Step in Integrated Photonics”

Iñigo Artundo

Iñigo Artundo, CEO of VLC Photonics: “The Next Step in Integrated Photonics”

“We believe photonics technology is in the process of quietly disrupting many traditional electronics markets” explains Iñigo Artundo, CEO of VLC Photonics, in an interview with Jonathan Marks. “It started in telecommunications and datacentres. But now there’s plenty of evidence to show it’s spreading to sectors like precision instrumentation, sensing, aerospace, automotive, health-care and defence. This is the story of why we believe now is the time to be involved in the success of photonics.”  Continue reading “Iñigo Artundo, CEO of VLC Photonics: “The Next Step in Integrated Photonics””