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EuroPIC Final publishable report

The EuroPIC project was set up to facilitate access by small companies to cost-effective Indium Phosphide based Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) manufacture in Europe. Its objective was no less than to effect a fundamental change in the way applications based on photonic integrated circuits (PICs) are designed and manufactured in Europe. This was to be achieved by developing a generic technology that is capable of realizing complex PICs from a small set of basic building blocks; a production model well known in micro-electronics where complex electronic circuits are built from standardized transistors and a small number of other elements.

The programme adopted a holistic approach, addressing the whole production chain from idea, via proof of concept, design and prototype to product and application. Research has been carried out into manufacturing methods and high-throughput processes, which will lead to an open-access industrial generic foundry production capability for Europe. The EuroPIC generic platform for manufacturing of PICs is based on InGaAsP materials technology (generally referred to as “InP technology”) which gives access to operating wavelengths typically used in telecommunications ~1.3μm - 1.55μm. EuroPIC has both set up the first generic foundry for InP-based PIC production in an industrial environment; and demonstrated its viability for SMEs. It has demonstrated the potential of the generic approach by fabricating a number of Application Specific PICs (ASPICs) concurrently on the same wafer- with high levels of complexity and performance, for a wide range of applications in telecommunications, sensors, data communications, medical systems, metrology and consumer photonics.

The completion of the EuroPIC programme heralds the start of a new chapter in the production of photonic integrated circuits. EuroPIC has not only successfully undertaken the first generic foundry run based on industrial (commercial) fabrication facilities at Oclaro (in the UK) and at FhG-HHI (in Germany), but also put in place most of the other elements of the production chain required to deliver it, and this for the first time.

Further, EuroPIC has built a strong User Group, many of them SMEs, with committed users from different application fields, who will be actively involved in introducing cost-effective ASPICs in a variety of novel applications in the future, providing Europe with a competitive advantage over the US and the Far East.

Today, Europe’s lead in this branch of photonics is clear, and InP-based PIC technology stands ready for full commercialization.

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Third User Group Meeting

For the third year of EuroPIC the JePPIX/EuroPIC User Group focussed its activity on the European Conference on Integrated Optics held near Barcelona, Spain 18-20th April 2012. ECIO ( http://www.ecio2012.com/ ) is a broad meeting for those interested in Photonic Integration, attracting participants (~350 in total) from Europe and well beyond.

During the conference a special session on “Integrated Platform” was held, chaired by Mike Wale (OCLR). This session was requested by EuroPIC; three of the eight papers in the session were specifically about EuroPIC InP PIC technology.

In addition a small stand/poster was manned for the conference and provided a focus for discussions with potential new users. Several other EuroPIC partners also took stands and were able to spread the word about generic InP technology alongside their other interests.

In all, the ECIO programme contained six oral presentations which were directly EuroPIC work covering a broad range of topics from ASPIC design to platform capability. In addition there were a number of EuroPIC posters. EuroPIC achieved a very high profile at ECIO 2012. It is clear that our message about the benefits of generic platforms in InP is getting out to the wider scientific community.

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JePPIX 2012 roadmap

The road to a multi-billion Euro market in InP-based Integrated Photonics: download.

In the coming years the generic foundry approach will cause a revolution in micro and nanophotonics, just like it did in microelectronics thirty years ago. In Europe, three integration technology platforms are active for introducing the generic foundry concept for the major integration technologies in Photonics: JePPIX for InP-based monolithic integration, ePIXfab for silicon photonics, and TriPleX for low-loss dielectric waveguide technology. In this report, a roadmap for the development of generic InP-based integration technology is presented. It is a first version in a series, and will be updated and improved on a yearly basis.


Second User Group Meeting

The second EuroPIC User Group Meeting was held on 21st June 2011 at TU Eindhoven as a satellite meeting to the Third European Platform Integration Forum (EPIF2011). Growing and organizing the user group is a joint JePPIX/EuroPIC activity. Currently there are ~75 members of the user group. EPIF2011 was well attended, with over 100 participants, and this level of interest was reflected in our user meeting later in the day when ~30 people attended.

The user group meeting itself was held as an evening meeting immediately after the EPIF2011 meeting organized by the ePIXnet platforms; ePIXfab (Silicon Photonics, www.epixfab.eu , TriPleX (passive dielectric (SiON) waveguide technology, www.lionixbv.nl/integratedoptics/triplex.html) and JePPIX (Indium Phosphide platform, www.jeppix.eu).

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Press Release January 2010

EuroPIC project aims to facilitate access by small companies to cost-effective Photonic Integrated Circuit manufacture in Europe. Download Press Release 25 January 2010.

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