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Indium-Phosphide Pilot Line for up-scaled, low-barrier, self-sustained, PIC ecosystem

Objective

InP photonic integrated circuits (PICs) offer game changing performance capabilities across multiple market sectors. Alas, the possibilities have so far been restricted to a small number of vertically-integrated technology businesses. Europe boasts tens of innovative businesses who are positioned to develop PIC-enabled technologies , but – alas again – they do not have access to mature, fast-turnaround predictable, high performance production.

InPulse is a manufacturing pilot line for InP PICs which will transform the PIC industry from a vertically integrated model with all skills in-house within a small number of specialized businesses, to an open-access horizontal model accessible to all European innovators. InPulse puts in place the technological and operational processes to:
1) Accelerate the uptake of PIC technology in new markets: enabling SMEs to create tens of products in markets where PICs have not be used before.
2) Enable sustainable production in Europe creating aligned, scalable and inter-locking services and value chains
3) Accelerate time to market from years to under 24 months with predictive design for fewer and faster product design cycles
4) Qualify foundry processes, to TRL7, sharing process optimization across products

InPulse combines low entrance-threshold, mature-manufacturing to enable tens of European PIC innovators.
InPulse is validated by:
• A “Pilot Line Validation Program” with two Participants stretching performance
• A “Demonstrator Open Call” program enabling external users to take thirty designs to pre-production
• High frequency open access calls, sustainable beyond the end of the project

InPulse partners have played a pioneering role in open access InP PICs, creating an infrastructure for research and early stage development. We are very well positioned to enable high TRL development in a scalable design kit driven process driving open access InP PICs from proof of concept to industrial prototyping and pre-production.
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Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Address

Groene Loper 3
5612 Ae Eindhoven

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 3 609 081,25

Participants (15)

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AMIRES SRO

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 207 900

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 404 333,75

BRIGHT PHOTONICS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 331 887,50

EUROPEAN PHOTONICS INDUSTRY CONSORTIUM

France

EU Contribution

€ 593 750

FICONTEC SERVICE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 413 262,50

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 2 300 228,75

III-V LAB

France

EU Contribution

€ 1 648 736,25

MELLANOX TECHNOLOGIES LTD - MLNX

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 828 406,25

PHOTON DESIGN LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 178 500

PHOENIX BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 480 462,50

SMART PHOTONICS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 1 670 001,38

TECHNOBIS FIBRE TECHNOLOGIES BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 732 347

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 413 858,75

VLC PHOTONICS SOCIEDAD LIMITADA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 322 597,63

VPIPHOTONICS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 214 375

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 824980

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 December 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 17 361 932,50

  • EU contribution

    € 14 349 728,51

Coordinated by:

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands