“Opportunities in Photonics” – Presented by Richard Visser, CEO, Smart Photonics

“Opportunities in Photonics” – Presented by Richard Visser, CEO, Smart Photonics at Photonic Integration Conference, Sep 27, 2016, at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Semiconductor Photonics have been around for a long time and shows an increased popularity lately. The technology was typically dominated by III-V materials but today it’s Silicon all over. What’s going on in photonics and why is this technology all of sudden so popular? What technology is to be preferred and for what reason? What are the opportunities in photonics and who can profit from them?

About Richard Visser
Richard Visser has a background in electronics and business processes and started his career in 1981 as a service engineer on marine and aviation equipment and later on medical equipment for companies like General Electric and Toshiba. He switched in 1991 from a technical position into a commercial position and worked in the industrial inkjet printer market before entering the semiconductor equipment industry in 1997 where he worked for Silicon Valley Group and ASML. In 2007 he moved to Philips Research and was involved with the start and growth of MiPlaza, a research service supplier.

In 2012 Richard founded, with the TU/e as partner, SMART Photonics, a Pure Play Foundry offering production-services for making photonic components on Indium Phosphide (InP). Next to the uniqueness of the business model in the InP-industry, it’s the newly introduced generic integration technology for monolithically integrating photonic components in InP that’s making SMART Photonics a fast growing enterprise.

About SMART Photonics B.V.
SMART Photonics B.V., located in Eindhoven, is a pure-play foundry for InP photonics semiconductors. SMART Photonics started March 2012 and is located in Eindhoven. It offers its customers an expert team with a long history and a proven track record in InP R&D and production. The team consists of former employees of both Philips Photonic Labs and TU Eindhoven with a broad experience in epitaxy (growth and regrowth), processing, test & measurement and quality. SMART Photonics offers a generic process developed in collaboration with the COBRA research institute. It allows for fast prototyping and low cost development without compromising performance and functionality. SMART Photonics is the worlds first foundry to commercially offer MPW services on InP.

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