It is the aim of the project to bring the application of photonic integrated micro-systems in advanced products within reach for a broad class of SMEs by reducing their required investment costs by more than an order of magnitude. This will be done by developing a knowledge-based technology for production of Indium Phosphide based Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) that will combine an increase in flexibility with a dramatic reduction of cost. It will lay the foundation for a breakthrough of PICs into a wide range of applications.
EuroPIC is a broadly based project, aiming to synthesise many of the functional components in the manufacturing chain. The project aims to:
• To bring the application of photonic integrated micro-systems with a high added value in advanced products within reach for a broad class of SMEs by reducing the entrance costs dramatically by more than one order of magnitude.
• To investigate novel technologies for extending the functionality supported by a basic manufacturing process.
• To develop a generic packaging approach that allows for packaging a variety of different PICs with a small set of standardized packages.