SMART Photonics pushes forward PICs in the FLEXIT project
SMART Photonics is an independent pure-play foundry which focuses on high-end PICs and offers solutions for data, telecommunication, sensing (such as Lidar) and medical applications. SMART Photonics is one of 11 partners in the FLEXIT project. As the leading foundry for indium phosphide (InP) PICs, SMART Photonics offers FLEXIT many years of experience in producing active and passive building blocks within the same integration platform, thereby providing unique capabilities unparalleled by other InP foundries.
Photonic integrated circuits (PICs) play an essential role in finding and developing solutions to many of the world’s critical problems, such as reducing energy consumption, improving healthcare, fighting food waste and meeting our continuous hunger for information. However, a generic solution for the assembly and packaging of photonic chips does not currently exist. The FLEXIT project, which runs from January 2022 to December 2023, therefore sees an opportunity to unite high-tech companies in the Netherlands and push forward this highly promising domain. The FLEXIT project will enable this through the further development of the FLEXIT method to process photonic chips at an industrial level.
SMART Photonics’ unique capabilities will be used to produce InP integrated chips equipped with facet structures: special structures on the chip that allow for direct on-wafer coupling of light into and out of the photonic chips.
The FLEXIT project is funded by: