SMART Photonics is the world's first pure-play foundry for Indium Phosphide photonics semiconductors. We offer commercial Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) services on InP at very competitive rates. If you're familiar with our MPW runs, you'll find the latest production schedule by clicking the button at the top of this page.
Building on a long-standing reputation for excellence
Headquartered in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, we are trusted by the world's leading companies, large and small. That's because of our proven track record in InP research, development and production. We've brought together just the right expertise in the right place at the right time. Indium phosphide chips are proving to be the best choice in many applications ranging from next generation low-power consumption data-centres to “intelligent pills” for medical diagnostics and high-accuracy drug dispensation. Integrated photonics also plays an increasingly important role in the aircraft industry, air quality monitoring and ultra-secure cryptography.
SMART Photonics offers a generic process developed in collaboration with the COBRA research institute, now part of the Institute for Photonic Integration. This allows for fast prototyping and low-cost development without compromising performance and functionality.
Our expertise comes in rapidly turning designs into real devices. We have a deep understanding of the entire process from design through to finished production wafers or even coated bars of chips. Our specialists can quickly turn your specification into an epitaxial layer stack ready for manufacture. Our approach means we're building trusted partnerships with extremely clever high-tech companies around the world. They make a huge investment in design and packaging. And we've invested in the best equipment to turn that design into a highly reliable component.
SMART Photonics is an independent pure-play foundry. That means we only make products using designs from our customers. The fact that we don't make our own products means there is no conflict of interest in the market. We've seen this go wrong in the mobile handset market, when Company X was making screens for Company Y and yet also competing with Company Y at the same time. So whereas others work FOR their clients, we believe it is better to be working WITH them. And, when you're working with designs and IP that often costs millions of Euro's to produce, each party needs to have 1000% confidence in the reliability of the other. Yes, we do mean 1000%!
Next Phase has begun
SMART Photonics was established in March 2012. It's the result of a strategic spinout from Eindhoven University of Technology (Tu/e) combined with the commercial, industrial and business expertise from former employees of the Philips Photonic Labs. Our team has broad experience in epitaxy (growth and regrowth), processing, ultra-high quality control test & measurement.
SMART Photonics expanded its services in September 2015 by opening the second phase of our manufacturing facility. It's located in a purpose-built clean room at the High-Tech Campus Eindhoven. This second cleanroom allows us to scale-up production. The wafers in our research facility are 2-inch, the new facility works with 3-inch. It means we can now offer you larger quantities at a lower unit price. So as our photonics customers scale up their production, we can scale with them.
Smart Photonics is also developing plans for a full-scale Indium Phosphide chip factory based on the practical experiences gained in the pilot facility which is now operational on the High Tech Campus. This will ensure that photonics manufacturing will continue to prosper in Eindhoven.
In short, the Photonics market is scaling exponentially. We welcome partners who want to share in our success.