OpenPICs

The Open innovation of Photonic ICs project; OpenPICs, is a program with regional focus that promotes product development of integrated photonic circuits and that strengthens the technological leadership in InP-based photonic building blocks, processes and products in the south of The Netherlands. The project focusses on: Market demands, translating products which (will) make use of photonic ICs, into building blocks, processes and designs; process characterisation, acquiring process production data to improve the quality of photonic ICs and reduce its cost; Building Block improvement, boosting the existing composite building blocks with predictive models leading to “first-time right” design; and process improvement, optimization and improvement of the production process to allow for more and better basic building blocks.

 Role of SMART Photonics

SMART Photonics Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) service plays a pivotal role as the open innovation cornerstone of the OpenPICs project. This low threshold offering makes it possible for start-ups, SMEs and research institutes to have their PIC designs processed at only a fraction of the cost of a dedicated run. Moreover, SMART Photonics is responsible for the InP-based generic process and building blocks development and validation. This comprises work on a 40+ Gb/s modulator, RF interconnect, Deep-UV lithography and Spot Size Convertor. The OpenPICs consortium further consists of partners: Bright Photonics, EFFECT Photonics, LioniX, Technobis, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, PhoeniX Software and PhotonDelta.

More information on OpenPICs can be found on openpics.jeppix.eu or you can contact mr. Joop Bruines: joop.bruines@smartphotonics.nl

This project is made possible by support from the European Fund for Regional Development in the context of the OPZuid programme.

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