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”
With network traffic in data centers doubling every 12 months, electrons running over copper cable just won’t cut it. Continue reading “Intel launches silicon photonics for data centers”
Moore’s Law, the 1965 observation by Fairchild and Intel co-founder Gordon Moore that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit doubles about every two years, is set for repeal by 2021.
The Semiconductor Industry Association’s (SIA) latest International Technology Roadmap (PDF) suggests that it will be all-change as early as 2021. Continue reading “Semiconductors reaching practical limits, says SIA”
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.
Continue reading “PhoeniX Software, INPHOTEC partner to facilitate design and fabrication process of photonic integrated circuits”
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”
UK Invests in High Value Photonic Manufacturing Hub
Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson has announced two £10million manufacturing research hubs that will address major, long-term challenges facing the UK’s manufacturing industries, and capture opportunities from emerging research. Continue reading “UK Invests in High Value Photonic Manufacturing Hub”
In the world of antennas, high-frequency radio and data traffic, work is proceeding at a pace on, among others, the introduction of 5G wireless networks in 2020. According to Satrax, a company based in Twente, the Netherlands, light is the answer to the increasing demand for higher data frequencies and bandwidths. The company develops antenna plates in which integrated photonic circuits play an essential role. But these chips are also leading to revolutionary developments in other fields. Continue reading “Revolutions in Antennas and 5G Networks”
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”
Devanand K. Shenoy, U.S. Department of Energy, Presents: “Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation”
The IP-IMI, recently established by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), with the Research Foundation for The State University of New York (RF-SUNY) as the Lead, is focused on developing an end-to-end integrated photonics ecosystem in the U.S., including domestic foundry access, integrated design tools, automated packaging, assembly and test, and workforce development. This presentation will provide an overview of the Photonics Institute. Continue reading “Devanand K. Shenoy, U.S. Department of Energy, Presents: “Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation””
“We’ve analysed the success of microelectronics. Now we’re putting those lessons learned to work for integrated photonics” says Professor Meint Smit, Eindhoven University of Technology. Continue reading “Open Collaboration is key to accelerate the Photonics Growth Curve”