Integrated Photonics Systems Roadmap – International ecosystem

Peter van Arkel

by Peter van Arkel, Berenschot

The Integrated Photonics Systems Roadmap – International (IPSR-I) sets the technological challenges of Integrated Photonics for the upcoming 15 years. The roadmap is a result of the merger of AIM Photonics (USA) IPSR and the output of Photon Delta’s World Technology Mapping Forum. The roadmap shows the consensus of 300 participants from over the globe on the future needs for the industry. Efficient development of the technology to meet market demands required alignment of the full ecosystem.

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Photonic integration to accelerate Li-Fi

by Prof. Jean-Paul Linnartz, research Fellow, Signify / Signify Li-Fi systems

Optical Wireless Communication (OWC) is likely to become a major application driver of Integrated Photonics. For many decades, the demand for wireless connectivity has grown faster than Moore’s law, but radio technology may neither deliver adequate bit rates nor the extremely dense reuse needed to support the growing demand for HR video, accelerated by Augmented and Virtual Reality or the Internet of Things.

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Silicon photonics market to boom for 100G then 400G, research shows

Silicon photonics market

“Si photonics growth is now confirmed”, announces Dr. Eric Mounier from Yole Développement (Yole). “Therefore, the development of Si photonics technologies is especially driven by the intra & inter data center applications. Silicon photonics is today one of the most valuable answers to high data rate/low cost for distances beyond VCSEL’s reach.”
The market research and strategy consulting company, Yole investigates the Si photonics sector for years now and was already announcing its take-off in 2017. This year, the trend is confirmed, strongly supported by the needs of data management and performances. Continue reading “Silicon photonics market to boom for 100G then 400G, research shows”

Researchers develop system to convert one wavelength of light into another without need to phase match

wavelength of light

One of the biggest challenges in developing integrated photonic circuits — which use light rather than electrons to transport information — is to control the momentum of light.  Colors of light travel at different speeds through a material but in order for light to be converted between colors, it needs to have the same momentum or phase.

Many devices have been designed to momentum-match or phase-match light at various points throughout an integrated circuit but what if the phase-matching process could be circumvented all together in certain cases?

Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, together with collaborators from the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University, have developed a system to convert one wavelength of light into another without the need to phase match.

“For any wavelength conversion process to be efficient, it has to be carefully designed to phase match, and it only works at a single wavelength,” said Marko Loncar, the Tiantsai Lin Professor of Electrical Engineering at SEAS and senior author of the paper. “The devices shown in this work, in contrast, do not need to satisfy the phase-matching requirement, and can convert light in a broad color range.” Continue reading “Researchers develop system to convert one wavelength of light into another without need to phase match”

Instant diagnosis of major diseases, eradication of all road accidents, some of the benefits to be generated by European Photonics, study shows

Instant diagnosis

Instant diagnosis of major diseases, eradication of all road accidents, some of the benefits to be generated by European Photonics, study shows

Instant diagnosis of major diseases, the eradication of all road accidents, and the creation of 1 million new jobs are some of the benefits that will be generated by the Photonics sector by 2030 according to a new vision paper published by Photonics21.

The vision paper ‘Europe’s Age of Light’ sets out a new strategy for the future of European photonics highlighting what could be achieved if this technology is maintained by the EU as a key funding priority in FP9. The paper was created through consultation with the photonics community, including more than 1,700 companies and research organizations.

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"The Coming of Age of Photonic Integrated Circuit Technology" – Presented by Michael Wale, Oclaro Technology

Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) technology has evolved over more than 30 years to become a key enabler for high-performance optical communications systems, which form the backbone of the internet and thereby underpin our information-intensive world.

PICs can also be an enabler for new and diverse business sectors, including medical, industrial and aerospace applications.

Major progress has been achieved over the last few years in the development of generic platform-based design and manufacturing methods, which will facilitate the use of PICs in new applications and stimulate innovative product design.

The talk will review the current state of the art.

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"JePPIX: Low cost access to PIC technology for SMEs" – Presented by Katarzyna Ławniczuk, TU/e – JePPIX

Development of photonic ICs from application idea through simulation, design using advanced PDK tools, till fabrication and packaging is entirely enabled by JePPIX (Joint European Platform for Photonic Integration Components and Circuits) and enabled at low costs for SMEs, but also for large companies and research institutes. This is thanks to applied generic integration model that separates photonic IC application development from technology aspects, and thus accelerates development of novel photonic-based devices.

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"Ultra-wide super continuum generation in Si3N4/SiO2 waveguides" – Presented by Peter van der Slot, University of Twente

The TriPleX™ integrated optical waveguide platform based on Si3N4 embedded in SiO2 offers medium to high index contrast waveguides with extremely low losses. The extreme low loss combined with the large transparency window, from 400 nm (blue) to 2350 (mid-infrared), and its compatibility with microfluidics makes this platform of high interest for numerous applications ranging from telecom to lab-on-a-chip. On-chip frequency conversion is possible by exploiting the nonlinear susceptibility of the waveguide and would greatly advance the application of integrated photonics. Here we demonstrate ultra-wide supercontinuum generation with a bandwidth of almost 500 THz in dispersion-engineered Si3N4/SiO2 waveguides. Continue reading “"Ultra-wide super continuum generation in Si3N4/SiO2 waveguides" – Presented by Peter van der Slot, University of Twente”

Imec Announces Performance Improvements of its Wafer-Scale Integrated Silicon Photonics Platform

World-leading nanoelectronics research center Imec presents at OFC 2016, the international event for both the science and business of optical communications held March 20-24, performance improvements of various key building blocks of its wafer-scale integrated silicon photonics platform (iSiPP). The new results expand imec’s iSiPP device portfolio to support 50Gb/s non-return-to-zero (NRZ) lane rates, and are an important milestone for the realization of high data rate silicon integrated optical interconnects targeting high density, high bandwidth, low power telecom and datacom transceivers, as well as for low cost large volume applications such as sensors or LiDAR. Continue reading “Imec Announces Performance Improvements of its Wafer-Scale Integrated Silicon Photonics Platform”

First optical ‘System-on-Chip’ product family launched by EFFECT Photonics

Photonic integration start-up EFFECT Photonics is launching its first product family based on its optical ‘System-on-Chip’ technology platform which integrates all the active and passive components of a DWDM system within a single chip, without traditional gold box packaging.  This launch is the culmination of 5 years work to bring the technology to market–readiness. Continue reading “First optical ‘System-on-Chip’ product family launched by EFFECT Photonics”