The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Talk: Photonic Integrated Circuits for All: How Foundries are Transforming the Prototyping of Exciting New Devices

Meint K. Smit

Meint K. Smit

Professor, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

In order to provide fabless researchers and developers with access to high-performance photonic integration platforms, the generic micro-electronics foundry model has recently been adapted to photonic integrated circuits. Pioneered in Europe for three different technologies (InP, silicon and silicon nitride), the model is now also being implemented in the United States with the National Photonics Initiative.

The foundry model uses Process Design Kits (PDKs) that allow users to implement complex integrated photonic circuits without detailed knowledge of the underlying photonic integration technologies. This brings the use of photonic ICs within the reach of small companies, and it offers excellent opportunities to introduce integrated photonics into diverse applications, like sensors, security, medical diagnostics, automotive, avionics and metrology. This presentation describes the photonics foundry model and its development in Europe, explains the significant reductions in prototyping costs, and highlights foundry-model developed photonic ICs across a broad range of applications.


Meint K. Smit started research in Integrated Optics in 1981. He invented the Arrayed Waveguide Grating, for which he received a LEOS Technical Achievement award in 1997 and he was closely involved in the introduction of MMI-couplers in semiconductor-based Photonic IC technology. In 2000 he became the leader of the Photonic Integration group at the COBRA Research Institute of TU Eindhoven. His current research interests are in InP-based Photonic Integration and integration of InP circuitry on Silicon. He is the founder of the JePPIX platform, the Joint European Platform for Photonic Integration of Components and Circuits and strongly involved in the development of the InP-based photonic foundry system in Europe. Smit is a LEOS Fellow and he received an ERC Advanced Grant in 2012.

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