3D Photonic integration platform based on multilayer PolyBoard and TriPleX technology for optical switching and remote sensing and ranging applications

Project ID: 780502

Co-funded by the European Commission's under the Horizon2020 programme

Duration: January 2018 – December 2020

Cooperation: ICCS/NTUA (Greece), LioniX, Solmates, University of Twente (all in the Netherlands), Cordon Electronics (Italy), Optagon (Greece), Mellanox Technologies (Israel), POLYTEC and Fraunhofer HHI (both Germany).


3PEAT will develop a powerful photonic integration technology with all size, functionality and quality credentials in order to help a broad range of optical applications like optical switching and remote sensing, to achieve a strong commercial impact.

To this end under the direction of the ICCS of the NTU Athens (Greece) with the partners LioniX, Solmates, University of Twente (all in the Netherlands), Cordon Electronics (Italy), Optagon (Greece), Mellanox Technologies (Israel), POLYTEC (Germany) as well as the Fraunhofer HHI an international consortium of companies and research institutes has been formed which is able to cover the whole integration chain of the optical switching and sensing modules.

3PEAT will introduce a fully functional 3D photonic integration platform based on the use of multiple waveguide layers and vertical couplers in HHI’s polymer-based technology platform (PolyBoard), as a means to disrupt the integration scale and functionality. Moreover, 3PEAT will combine this powerful 3D photonic technology with the silicon-nitride platform (TriPleX) from LinoniX, via the development of a methodology for the deposition and processing of multilayer polymers inside etched windows on TriPleX chips.

In parallel with the development of this hybrid 3D technology, 3PEAT will bring a number of key innovations at the integration and component level relating to: a) the heterogeneous integration of PZT films on TriPleX platform for development of phase shifters and switches for operation up to 50 MHz, b) the development of a disruptive external cavity laser on the same platform with linewidth less than 1 kHz, c) the development for the first time of an integrated circulator on PolyBoard with isolation more than 25 dB, and d) the development of flexible types of PolyBoards for the purpose of physical interconnection of other PICs.

This enormous breadth of innovations can remove the current limitations and unleash the full potential of optical switching and remote sensing and ranging applications. The main switching module that will be fabricated will be a 36×36 optical switch with 20 ns switching time and possibility for power and cost savings of almost 95% compared to standard electronic solutions. The main sensing module on the other hand will be a disruptive Laser Doppler Vibrometer (LDV) with all of its optical units, including its optical beam scanning unit, integrated on a very large, hybrid 3D PIC.