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Epixfab services specifically targeting (SME) industrial take-up of advanced silicon photonics

Epixfab services specifically targeting (SME) industrial take-up of advanced silicon photonics

Objective

ESSenTIAL will bring silicon photonics within reach of European small and medium sized enterprises, thereby building on the track record of the Silicon Photonics Platform ePIXfab (www.epixfab.eu) and its integration into Europractice. To this end, ESSenTIAL offers affordable access to standardized active and passive silicon photonic IC and packaging technology, a path from design to manufacturing and hands-on training.Based on a consortium of major research institutes with silicon photonics expertise, ESSenTIAL will reach out to European industry and will support them to evaluate silicon photonics in the context of concrete applications and markets. To ensure low-cost early access and scalability to manufacturing, the maturity of silicon photonic IC technology will be enhanced by setting up a library of generic devices, a level of process and device benchmarking and a well maintained design flow. For the first time, devices in a standard package will be offered to allow easy testing. Training on the IC and packaging services will be offered, including hands-on design training. Maturity, standardization and sustainability will be driven by a steadily growing user base, from Europe and elsewhere.ESSenTIAL will ensure that ePIXfab will keep Europe's lead in fabless silicon photonics and will turn it into and industry-relevant platform.

Coordinator

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM

Address

Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 325 176

Administrative Contact

Christine Van Houtven (Ms.)

Participants (6)

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CANADIAN MICROELECTRONICS CORPORATION

Canada

IHP GMBH - INNOVATIONS FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE MICROELECTRONICS/LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER INNOVATIVE MIKROELEKTRONIK

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 132 399

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 108 438

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 183 338

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 132 945

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 57 704

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 288702

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2011

  • End date

    31 December 2014

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 652 974

  • EU contribution

    € 940 000

Coordinated by:

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM

Belgium