The JePPIX pilot line offers companies direct access to state-of-the-art manufacturing of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) based on indium phosphide. This will enable the development of PIC-enabled products for a wide range of new markets using PICs developed under the JePPIX brand. Companies will be able to focus on the manufacturability of their products rather than the technological complexity of PIC fabrication. The pilot line puts in place the quality control from the design process to manufacturing, testing up until packaging that is needed in order to streamline the development cycle and provide confidence in manufacturability for customer generated designs. Prototyping services are already available from the consortium in the form of JePPIX multiproject wafer services. The pilot line services are being developed now with manufacturing-grade process design kits that deliver on manufacturing quality. These will be seamlessly coupled, providing an automated flow from design through to foundry production and automated known-good-die selection. The separation of design from fabrication process through process design kits and the emphasis on quality reduces risk for businesses embarking on a PIC-enabled product development. The JePPIX pilot line is enabled by the EC manufacturing pilot line project InPulse and supported by Photonics21.
Kevin Williams is a Full Professor and Chair of the Photonic Integration research group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His key fields of expertise include photonic integrated circuits, semiconductor lasers and their application in communications and sensing. Kevin’s research group explores the scaling properties of photonic circuits, enabling faster and more energy-efficient components and circuits. The group builds on its know-how in active-passive monolithic InP integration, creating circuits with lasers, amplifiers, energy-efficient quantum well modulators, detectors, power splitters, filters and more all on the same chip. This is addressed within three main themes: Generic integration – a methodology for enabling many different circuits using the same platform technology and an important vehicle for researching and validating the latest photonic devices and processes. Heterogeneous and hybrid integration – the technologies for combining and co-designing photonic components and circuits with Silicon Electronics and dielectric materials, Integrated nano-photonics – using InP membranes on Silicon for the miniaturization of components and the leveraging of sub-wavelength photonic structures in circuits. Kevin teaches courses in design, electronics and photonics.