Unleashing PIC Technology

Photonic integrated circuit production (click to enlarge; source: Florian Lemaitre, TU/e)

The Jeppix pilot line launches its design and manufacturing services for indium phosphide (InP) photonic integrated circuit (PIC) production, offering commercial InP PIC production based on mature process design kits (PDKs), that are embedded in industry-standard design environments. Jeppix is now open for companies that need to prepare for commercial production.

The Jeppix pilot line provides a single point of contact for all the services needed for InP PIC product qualification, including functional PIC modelling with manufacturing tolerances, design for test (DFT), design for manufacturing, and automated die testing with customizable scripting and test services.

The value of indium phosphide PICs

Indium phosphide (InP) PICs offer great benefits as they are small in size, low weight, and have a very low power consumption. Moreover, the possibility to integrate lasers, detectors, interferometers, photodetectors, modulators, filters, waveguides and other (electro-)optical technologies all on a single chip has a huge impact on material resources needed, circuit level reproducibility and the overall cost of the system.

Photonic integrated circuits offer many advantages over traditional approaches for implementing optical functionalities in a wide array of application domains. PICs provide the engines for high performance metrology, quantum technology, microwave signal processing and lidar. This offers huge potential for markets like optical communication, automotive, life sciences, agriculture & food, environmental monitoring, defense and security, and many more.

Jeppix brings together the European PIC supply chain as a coherent force to advance, promote the technology, and facilitate an open-access, horizontal and generic foundry model that keeps pace with the market, bringing in new users, enabling specialization, and facilitating the supply chain agility we need for new sectors. To accelerate the use of InP PICs, the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme has supported the pilot line through the InPulse project that has received funding. (Source: Jeppix, TU/e)

Further reading: InPulse PIC Pilot Line Kicks Off, photonicsviews.com, 29th January 2019

Link: Indium-Phosphide Pilot Line InPulse.JePPIX.eu at Technical University Eindhoven TU/e, Eindhoven, The Netzerlands

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