Photonics – Accelerating the Brainport Lead

Dr. Lebby

On September 23rd, High Tech Campus Eindhoven was the host to over 100 leading photonics integration specialists from 12 countries. They met to take stock of the story so-far and discuss the next expansion phases for an industry that’s becoming the backbone technology of today’s Internet. Light has replaced copper as datacenters ramp up to cope with bandwidth demands when global sales exceed 1 billion smartphones a year.

Integrated photonics will scaleup
Today, ICT is responsible for about 4% of the world energy consumption. Recent studies indicate a rise to 8% by 2025. The steadily rising cost of energy and the need to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions raises important questions. What role can ICT play in general, and optical technologies in particular? Continue reading “Photonics – Accelerating the Brainport Lead”

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”

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””

Meint Smit: Next Steps for InP-based Photonic Integration Technology

Meint Smit

Meint Smit: Next Steps for InP-based Photonic Integration Technology

Indium Phosphide is a versatile semiconductor material that allows for integration of a broad range of components in a single chip. Basic building blocks include lasers, optical amplifiers, modulators, detectors and a variety of passive components, including wavelength demultiplexers, filters and couplers. InP-chips with record complexities of more than 1700 components integrated in a single chip have been reported. InP-based foundry processes offer low-cost access to mature integration processes with high performance and wafer-scale integration of InP-based photonic circuits with silicon electronics is emerging. Meint Smit will discuss what’s coming next and why this phase is important. Continue reading “Meint Smit: Next Steps for InP-based Photonic Integration Technology”

Building Big Business with the Next Generation Integrated Circuits!

Insights from Michael Lebby, CEO OneChip Photonics Corporation, the keynote speaker at the Photonics Integration Conference

Michael Lebby has always been very optimistic that integrated photonics will scaleup, creating business opportunities for many companies. Earlier this year, he was actively involved in assembling California’s bid, led by the University of Southern California, to host the new US integrated photonics manufacturing institute. So we asked him to share some insights into why this is an important time for the industry. Continue reading “Building Big Business with the Next Generation Integrated Circuits!”

How Does Europe Feel about US Investment in Photonic Integration?

Europe has proven its capacity to generate breakthrough innovations. Now, Brainport Eindhoven, the leading high-tech region of the Netherlands, is highlighting the path to Photonics Business Creation. Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology have dramatically cut chip development costs, thus accelerating the time to market. Continue reading “How Does Europe Feel about US Investment in Photonic Integration?”