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Silicon Nitride Photonic Integrated Circuit Pilot line for Life Science Applications in the Visible Range

Silicon Nitride Photonic Integrated Circuit Pilot line for Life Science Applications in the Visible Range

Objective

Photonics is essential in today’s life science technology.
PIX4life will mature a state of the art silicon nitride (SiN) photonics pilot line for life science applications in the visible range and pave the way to make it accessible as an enabler for product development by a broad range of industrial customers. We aim at 1) establishing a validated CMOS compatible SiN technology platform in the visible range for complex densely integrated photonics integrated circuits (PICs), 2) developing a supply chain to integrate mature semiconductor laser sources and CMOS detector arrays with the SiN PICs on the basis of technologies that are scalable to high volume, 3) establishing appropriate design kits and tools, 4) demonstrating the performance of the pilot line for well-chosen life science applications in the domain of vital sensing, multispectral sources for super-resolution microscopy, cytometry and 3D tissue imaging, 5) setting up the logistics for multi-project-wafer (MPW) access to the pilot line.
Integrated photonics has demonstrated that optical functions can be realized in a more compact, robust and cost-effective way by integrating functionalities on a single chip. At present industrialization is limited to telecom applications at infrared wavelengths. The field of life sciences is heavily dependent on bulky and expensive optical systems and would benefit enormously from low cost photonic implementations. However this field requires a visible light PIC-technology. Proof of concept demonstrations are abundant, but pilot line and manufacturing capacity is limited, inhibiting industrial take up.
PIX4life will drive the future European RTD in visible photonic applications for life sciences by bridging technological research (via participation of 2 academic and 2 research institutes) towards industrial development (via participation of a foundry, two large companies and 9 fabless SME’s, either technology suppliers or life science end users).

Coordinator

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM

Address

Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 2 893 977,80

Participants (16)

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AMS SENSORS BELGIUM

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 210 320,17

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 375 917,63

XIO PHOTONICS BV

Netherlands

LIONIX BV

Netherlands

LIONIX INTERNATIONAL BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 1 158 711,83

LUCEDA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 346 055,23

MEDLUMICS

Spain

PHOENIX BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 380 587,41

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 388 283,91

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 589 282,30

TOPTICA PHOTONICS AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 493 304,76

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 713 615,73

VLC PHOTONICS SOCIEDAD LIMITADA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 307 859,85

SOLMATES BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 207 286,53

MILTENYI BIOTEC GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 142 549,49

MEDLUMICS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 349 585,24

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 688519

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2016

  • End date

    31 December 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 264 999,77

  • EU contribution

    € 8 557 337,88

Coordinated by:

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM

Belgium