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Authors: J. Pozo, P. Kumar, D.M.R. Lo Cascio, A. Khanna, P. Dumon, D. Delbeke, R. Baets, M. Fournier, J.-M. Fedeli, L. Fulbert, L. Zimmermann, B. Tillack, H. Tian, T. Aalto, P.O' Brien, D. Deptuck, J. Xu, X. Zhang, D. Gale
Title: ESSenTIAL : EPIXfab services specifically targeting (SME) industrial takeup of advanced silicon photonics
Format: International Conference Proceedings
Publication date: 7/2012
Journal/Conference/Book: 14th International Conference on Transparant Optical Networks (ICTON 2012) (invited)
Volume(Issue): p.paper Mo.B3.5
Location: Coventry, United Kingdom
Internal Reference: [N-1273]
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Abstract

ePIXfab brings silicon photonics within reach of European small and medium sized enterprises, thereby building
on its track record and its integration into Europractice. To this end, ePIXfab 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, ePIXfab reaches out to European industry and supports them to evaluate silicon photonics in the
context of concrete applications and markets. In order to ensure low-cost, quick access and scalability to
manufacturing, the maturity of silicon photonic IC technology is 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 are offered to facilitate measurements. Training programs on the IC and packaging
services are also offered, including hands-on training in making designs. Maturity, standardization and
sustainability are driven by a steadily growing worldwide user base.


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