Indium-Phosphide Pilot Line for up-scaled, low barrier, seld sustained, PIC ecosystem

Projekt ID: 824980

This project receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824980

Duration: January 2019 - December 2022



Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (Netherlands), Amires SRO (Czech Republic), Aarhus Universitet (Denmark), Bright Photonics (Netherlands), European Photonics Industry Consortium (France), Ficontec Service GmbH (Germany), Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Forderung der angewandten Forschung (Germany), III V Lab (France), Mellanox Technologies Ltd (Israel), Photon Design Ltd (United Kingdom), Phoenix BV (Netherlands), Smart Photonics BV (Netherlands), Technobis Fibre Technologies BV (Netherlands), University College Cork - National University of Ireland (Ireland), VLC Photonics SL (Spain), VPIphotonics GmbH (Germany).


InPulse democratizes access to industrial prototyping and pre-production of high-performance InP Photonic integrated circuits (PIC). The consortium leverages a pioneering position in open-access research and development for InP PIC technology to create the first manufacturing pilot line for InP PIC technology. This enables the transition from Proof of Concept today to Industrial Prototyping and verification at the end of InPulse. New entrant businesses will be able to confidently commit to PIC-development programms and ramp up from TRL4 (TRL-technology readiness level) rethrough to TRL7.

InPulse will:

  • Create manufacturing process design kits by using smart testing to efficiently collect manufacturing statistics for each release and connect to process improvements to design tools.
  • Increase capacity for open access industrial prototyping to medium volumes (1 000 000 mm2 wafer area) and systematically improve performance of the building blocks.
  • Validate the pilot line with two experienced Pariticipants to validate and stretch the platform performance beyond state of the art, and thirty external user designs to demonstrate the pilot line capability.
  • Establish a sustainable business model with a resilient industrial eco-system to ensure continued open-access after four years and a means to support businesses as they scale to high volume production.

InPulse enables fabless businesses to transition from first concept experimentation to industrial prototype and pre-production.