European consortia bring together the various players in the integrated photonics ecosystem. They connect industry with academia, strengthen the supply chain and streamline the passage of PIC technologies into the market.

The PIXAPP consortium, led by Ireland’s Tyndall National Institute, aims to increase the level of standardization in photonics assembly. By developing generic packaging solutions, the design and manufacturing costs of integrated photonic modules are reduced and their market penetration is increased. PHIX supports the consortium by developing packaging standards for cost-effective PIC packaging. As part of the pilot line program, we bring these new solutions to the market.

Our region of Twente has a long history in fine mechanical assembly and automation ever since Philips started building its lighting components here. In addition to this rich infrastructure, the Fraunhofer Project Center at the University of Twente facilitates the transfer of current research in advanced manufacturing directly into industrial practice. Our collaboration with Fraunhofer IPT delivered the first automated fiber array assembly machine to our factory.

ePIXfab is an alliance of organizations that promotes silicon photonics science, technology and applications in Europe. It promotes a fabless model for the development of silicon photonic circuits, based on the electronics industry. Having a foundry model for photonics packaging, PHIX fits very well within this infrastructure.