EU pilot line launches services for indium phosphide PIC production

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A PIC chip from Effect Photonics designed for telecomms applications

The JePPIX pilot line has introduced its design and manufacturing services for indium phosphide (InP) photonic integrated circuit (PIC) production.

The pilot line, funded by the EU's Horizon 2020 programme, offers commercial InP PIC production based on mature process design kits (PDKs) that are embedded in industry-standard design environments. It is now open for companies that need to prepare for commercial production. 

JePPIX 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 customisable scripting and test services.

Indium Phosphide (InP) PICs offer 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, defence and security, and many more.

JePPIX brings together the European photonic integrated circuit (PIC) supply chain as a coherent force to advance and promote PIC technology. It supports an open-access, horizontal and generic foundry model that keeps pace with the market, bringing in new users, enabling specialisation, and facilitating the supply chain agility we need for new sectors.

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