Megatrends in the automotive & mobility sector and the role of integrated photonics

Presentation by Carol de Vries, Technology and System consultant at PhotonDelta

The automotive industry is going through unprecedented changes, driven by 3 mega trends that are happening in the same timeframe. These are electrification, the drive towards autonomous vehicles & driver support systems, and the change in mobility patterns and city infrastructure.

These trends will fundamentally change the way we think about cars and mobility as a whole, and has a huge impact on the car industry.

These new paradigms require fundamentally different platforms which is pushing innovation and investment needs to the limits. One very clear trend is the rapid increase of electronics in vehicles, both in the drivetrain as well as in all the ADAS and autonomous driving systems, which opens up new opportunities for the automotive as well as the integrated photonics sector.

So far, photonics have been playing a modest role in the automotive industry (e.g. lighting, camera’s, etc.) and integrated photonics is just emerging. PhotonDelta is working on a roadmap for the automotive industry based on integrated photonics, which will provide the Dutch ecosystem of integrated photonics companies and institutes with the guidance to expand on their leading position in this area. This presentation will explain the megatrends and provide details of the main content of the roadmap, which will be published in a few months.

About Carol de Vries
Carol de Vries has more than 30 year of experience in the semiconductor and high tech industry. He joined PhotonDelta in 2019 , where he is working on setting up PITC , technology support and the automotive program. Until 2019 he was General Manager of the High Temperature sensor business for automotive in Sensata.

Before that he was the Vice President for R&D of the Automotive business unit of NXP after it became independent in 2006. During that period he helped set up various ADAS activities and was involved in multiple consortia. Prior to that he held various positions in Philips, a.o. general manager of an image sensor business, Operations manager of a semiconductor wafer fab and a number of other positions in R&D and new business development.

He has an MSc in Plasma Physics from the Technical University of Eindhoven. He was a speaker at the 2020 edition of the conference.

About PhotonDelta
PhotonDelta is a growth accelerator for the Dutch integrated photonic sector with the mission to realize a € 1 billion industry in The Netherlands by 2026. To realize this goal, a team of experts actively supports its partners with strategic investments, knowledge and network, resulting in an acceleration of the development and manufacturing of integrated photonics solutions through innovation, reducing time-to-market, and creating economy of scale.

PhotonDelta was initiated in 2016 as an open-innovation project launched by Eindhoven University of Technology, after which it soon expanded its scope to national level, involving companies and public investors in order to form a public-private partnership at the end of 2018. During the relatively short period of its existence, PhotonDelta has established itself as a global authority and one of Europe’s leading innovation hubs with a dedicated investment fund of € 236 million.

Over the past few years, PhotonDelta has invested considerable amounts of capital and energy into organizing and financing the core of the Dutch integrated photonics supply-chain. A number of start-ups have transformed into mature companies, each with their own distinctive technological propositions, setting the foundation of a strong Dutch supply chain that is able to design, manufacture, package and test high quality integrated photonic solutions based on InP as well as TriPleX (SiN) technology, making The Netherlands the obvious choice for companies that are looking to innovate with integrated photonics.

Besides supporting SMEs and enterprises that are looking to innovate their products with integrated photonics, PhotonDelta is also actively involved in the startup scene. Through its Startup Studio programme, which is planned to be launched in Q4 2020 / Q1 2021, PhotonDelta gives startups the opportunity to join its ecosystem and benefit from different services, such as seed and growth capital, access to IP libraries and building blocks, human capital and recruitment services, infrastructure, and more.

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