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The EuroPIC project is coordinated by COBRA The EuroPIC project is coordinated by COBRA
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Open Access Business Model

Following the example of CMOS, EuroPIC sets out to establish a process chain which is completely new in its sector. ‘Open-access’ in this context refers to the generic InP chip fab process which is openly accessible to all designers.

The key change over the present status quo is to clearly separate out the different functions within the process chain. For example software based design tools embodying data about fab processes and its tolerances can be used to de-skill the design process from the point of view of designers who presently need a deep understanding of the InP fab. Equally the fab need no longer have a detailed knowledge of the circuits being designed because its design rules are sublimated into the same toolset. The fab can become ‘application blind’.

It seeks also to replace the present diversity of InP based processes with a small number of highly characterised and standardised generic processes.

By these means applications based companies will in the future gain access to the generic process either through their own design expertise or that of specialist design houses (which do not exist at the moment). It also means that they can easily retain their own IP whilst the fabs IP rests in the generic process itself.