Photonic integrated circuit modules
Whatever performance improvement you’re searching for, be it in signal capacity, measurement precision or the sensitivity of a sensor, photonic integrated circuit modules (PIC modules) present exciting possibilities.
But the challenges you face are likely to be industry specific, complex and rarely understandable in terms of optics alone. To take full advantage of PICs, your solution needs to tackle your challenges on a system level, addressing your vital performance parameters.
Furthermore, to support commercial success, your solution will not only need to be high performing but will also need to integrate seamlessly with your existing system architecture and be inherently scalable.
Vertically integrated expertise for PIC-based modules
We understand the challenges of creating game-changing systems. That is why we’re more than a PIC manufacturer. We support your development from the ground up, first scoping out your challenge and then co-developing not just PICs, but PIC enabled modular solutions.
To directly address your challenge we bring together complimentary technology, know-how and intellectual property, design competencies and fabrication expertise to develop scalable solutions that integrate optimally into your system.
Systems thinking and photonic IC module development
We don’t just miniaturize, we integrate. By thinking about your whole system we develop modules with optimum levels of integrated functionality. This way we go beyond the level of component miniaturization and create modules that revolutionize the performance of your products. Furthermore, with our in-house volume fabrication and packaging capability, we have the capabilities to design for your product success, building in volume scalability from the start.
Photonic integrated circuit module design and manufacture
We work from design to device and everything in between. This includes expertise and facilities for:
- Architecture design
- Photonic IC layout and mask design
- Optical simulation
- Design for volume manufacture and packaging
- Small and medium volume production, packaging and assembly
- Testing and characterization.
Photonic IC modules and advanced functionality
Our custom module development process benefits from standardized building blocks for advanced functionality including:
- Integration of active components: detector arrays, VCSELS, photodiodes
- High speed, ultra-low power phase or amplitude actuators using novel piezo materials.
- Hybrid integration of active photonic integrated circuits with low-loss passive TriPleX® silicon nitride PICs.
Connectivity and integration
A photonic integrated circuit is only useful if it can be connected, controlled and integrated. We therefore specialize in connectivity and control solutions including:
- Building blocks for coupling of light through fibers or free space interfaces
- Electronics design and production including driver electronics, RF connectivity, control and readout hardware.
- Software development including drivers and control systems
- Mechanical engineering of instrumentation, housings, shielding, systems for heat management and optimal mechanical integration with your systems.