PIC industry overview: design and test trends

Alvaro Jimenez

by Alvaro Jimenez, VLC Photonics

Photonic integration technology is developing fast, quickly moving from an emerging technology status to mass production level. Photonic integrated circuit (PIC) designs are getting more complex, and testing requirements are evolving fast for some application areas like transceivers, quantum, AI or LIDAR. This presentation will provide an overview of current trends from a design house perspective that has been involved in many customer projects and has collaborated with most of the current PIC ecosystem worldwide.

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New generic platform for the prototyping & production of photonic integrated circuits

generic platform

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”

“From idea to reality: building a photonic integrated system from scratch” – presented by Iñigo Artundo, VLC Photonics

Inigo Artundo

According to Iñigo Artundo, Photonic integration has become a mature technology that is starting to be commercialized in several industrial and commercial applications. However, there are still many practical issues to consider before, during and after miniaturizing an optical system into a photonic chip, and these often involve important business considerations too. Continue reading ““From idea to reality: building a photonic integrated system from scratch” – presented by Iñigo Artundo, VLC Photonics”

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””