The FP7 project PARADIGM (Photonic Advanced Research and Development for Integrated Generic Manufacturing) is developing a radically novel concept for fabrication of indium phosphide based photonic integrated circuits (PICs). The idea is based on an approach well-known from the CMOS microelectronics, where advanced circuits, consisting of even billions of basic elements, are fabricated at low cost in a standard process. The generic platform technology being pioneered by PARADIGM will significantly reduce the fabrication cost of photonic chips as well as provide compact and energy-efficient devices. It will also provide low cost access to cutting edge technology for small and medium enterprises as they will be able to apply advanced photonic ICs in their devices and systems without the necessity of large investments in cleanroom facilities or technology development. The new approach will enable such companies to design and fabricate highly complex Application Specific Photonic Integrated Circuits (ASPICs) by using a small set of basic standardized building blocks. The ASPICs can be applied in various fields such as telecommunications, datacommunications, signal processing, sensors, medicine, metrology and others. After successful trials of the platform technology performed at Oclaro (United Kingdom), Heinrich Hertz Institut (Germany) and Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (the Netherlands), nowadays access to participation in multi-project wafer runs is offered to external users on a commercial basis.
We cordially invite all SMEs, large companies, universities and research institutes, where activity is focused on application of photonic solutions in the market, to attend the workshop. Attendance is completely free of charge!
At the workshop partners in the PARADIGM project will present a broad view of the generic integration technology on offer. We will introduce to you the world of indium phosphide based integrated photonics. Afterwards we will guide you through the whole manufacturing chain, starting from the design and finishing at the packaging of the fabricated chips. We will show you the basics of the CAD software designated for both simulation and design of ASPICs and their components. Finally, you will have an opportunity to meet the key players in the photonic integration field and discuss the application of ASPICs in your own commercial products.
Additional background information and a good introduction the topic of the workshop can be found at http://www.paradigm.jeppix.eu and in [M. Smit et al., An introduction to InP-based generic integration technology, Semiconductor Science and Technology, vol. 29, no. 8 (2014)].