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The Foundation Has Been Laid – Now the Dutch Photonics Sector Is Preparing for the Great Leap Forward

Faster, lighter, more durable, and ultimately also cheaper: the advantages of photonic circuits are considerable, for a wide range of applications. And the Netherlands plays an important global role in the development and application of this key technology. In recent years, partly due to the policies of the government, provinces, and Brainport, PhotonDelta has laid

PHIX Partners With Nanoscribe to Drive Industrial Innovation in the Photonics Packaging Market

The photonics assembly service provider PHIX builds on Nanoscribe’s high-performance 3D printing solution with alignment capabilities to offer 3D-printed standard lensed fiber arrays. Nanoscribe, a BICO company, and the Dutch photonics packaging foundry PHIX B.V. have announced a collaboration to provide on-fiber printing services to the photonics packaging industry. With Nanoscribe’s new high performance 3D

Photonfirst Launches Modular Photonics Platform for Advanced Sensing

The world premiere at SPIE Photonics West in California marks expansion to North America Alkmaar, The Netherlands; San Francisco, California – At the opening of SPIE Photonics West, the world’s largest conference and tradeshow on lasers, optics and optoelectronics, PhotonFirst launched Modular Photonics. With this new integrated photonics sensing platform, the application engineers of PhotonFirst

QuiX Will Deliver a Quantum Photonic Processor to a Hungarian Quantum Initiative

QuiX Quantum, the market leader in quantum photonic processors, will deliver a photonic quantum computing solution to the newly established Hungarian Quantum Information National Laboratory initiative. This device represents the fifth quantum photonic processor to leave the QuiX plant. “Quix Quantum’s systems are becoming the de-facto standard in photonic quantum computing” says Dr. Jelmer Renema,

AR/VR Headsets Will Become More Fashionable Thanks to LioniX International

Enschede, The Netherlands – Dutch microsystems developer LioniX International announces an integrated RGB laser light engine for retinal projection augmented reality (AR) headsets. The mm scale light engine excels not only in the brightness and quality of the images projected but also in terms of compactness. The AR hardware market promises tens of billions of

OIP4NWE launches call for innovation support for SME’s to mature PIC-based products

Eindhoven, The Netherlands – The open innovation program OIP4NWE launches its second voucher call for innovation support to stimulate uptake of integrated photonics technology by European-based companies. Up to 5 companies will receive innovation support from the OIP4NWE consortium. By providing innovation support to SMEs and large-scale enterprises across Europe, OIP4NWE contributes to the competitiveness

New investment helps TU/e spinoff MicroAlign to speed up technology and product development

Eindhoven – A new investment by PhotonDelta and the Smart Industries TTT Fund that is managed by Innovation Industries will help TU Eindhoven spinoff MicroAlign speed up its technology and product development. MicroAlign will use the funds to optimize the quality of optical fiber-to-chip connections at packaging and start exploring the market opportunities. Photonics is

PhotonFirst successfully closes €11 million Series A funding

PhotonFirst International, a leading pioneer in integrated photonics sensing solutions for advanced applications, announced to have successfully closed its Series A funding. Jointly, their largest shareholder, Amsterdam-based private equity firm Active Capital Company, and new investor PhotonDelta have committed 11 million euros to fund the 5-year business plan of the company. The company, based in

3 Examples of How Integrated Photonics Is Impacting Data and Telecom

Early civilizations already used optical communication. For example, mirrors and smoke were used to send messages. In recent years, the potential of optics and photonics for communication is expanding rapidly and will form the basis of future communication systems. In this article we give three examples of integrated photonics applied in the data and telecom

What Is Lidar and Why Does It No Longer Have To Be Clunky and Expensive?

Still a rather clunky and expensive instrument, the automotive and many other markets eagerly await the availability of an affordable and compact lidar system. Integrated photonics is coming to the rescue. Elon Musk’s disdain for lidar Elon Musk’s disdain for lidar used to be well-established. “Lidar is a fool’s errand. Anyone relying on it is

Integrated photonics for automotive – download industry roadmap

In September 2021, PhotonDelta launched its roadmap for the use of integrated photonics in the automotive sector. It was created together with various stakeholders from the industry as well as integrated photonics companies. The roadmap provides an overview of the different trends in the automotive sector and list the opportunities for integrated photonics technology. Download

Lower Energy Acceleration Program (LEAP) presents trends and scenarios

Our lifestyle has evolved virtually over the last decade, causing an exponential surge in data consumption. High bandwidth data transfers, affordable data plans, cloud migrations and the increasing popularity of streaming services are all contributing to this trend. Digital infrastructure This ever-increasing need for data is pushing the boundaries of the infrastructure we have in

New European Academy to boost the skills and know-how of industry in exploiting opportunities in the €615B global photonics sector

A programme to train thousands of industry workers in the adoption and development of innovative photonics-based solutions to some of society’s biggest challenges, from environmental sustainability to healthy living and smart infrastructure, has been established by a consortium of over 50 of Europe’s top photonics competence centres. The European Photonics Academy will offer training courses

Heterogeneous integration key to future integrated-photonics growth

No single integrated-photonics technology can do it all: they need to be combined for maximum functionality. The set of techniques to do that – hybrid or heterogeneous integration – is a key growth driver for the Dutch integrated-photonics industry. This article explains what heterogeneous integration is and why it matters. In electronics, the vast majority

QuiX delivers its processor to Germany

QuiX Quantum, the worldwide market leader in quantum photonic processors, has delivered a 12-mode quantum photonic processor to Germany, for a collaboration with researchers from Paderborn University.  This photonic processor is the most powerful in the world. Quantum photonic processors are the central component of photonic quantum computers, holding great promises in performing certain computations

QuiX’ photonic processor is published!

QuiX Quantum reports the realization of the largest Universal Quantum Photonic Processor in a scientific paper published today. In a scientific paper published in Materials for Quantum Technology today, QuiX Quantum demonstrates the world’s largest universal quantum photonic processor, which shows excellent performance for quantum information processing and computing applications. With this work, QuiX Quantum demonstrates the

The road to next-gen biosensing – download industry roadmap

Global healthcare has never been under so much pressure to deliver and innovate to provide effective patient care at affordable costs to an ever increasing and ageing population. Accurate and cost-effective biosensors are expected to play a crucial role in the roll-out of Point-of-Care testing: diagnosing patients at the point of need rather than in

Bronkhorst and PHIX partner to enable volume manufacturing of sensors for mass flow controllers

Dutch photonics packaging foundry PHIX B.V. and Dutch flow meter/controller manufacturer Bronkhorst High-Tech B.V. have combined their expertise in a strategic partnership to enable manufacturing of thermal mass flow sensors using PHIX’s assembly know-how and technology. While Bronkhorst’s expertise is to develop a highly dedicated chip to measure flow in its mass flow meters and

Horizon 2020: Advanced Photonic Integrated Circuits (RIA)

Evolving photonic integration is opening up a wealth of opportunities in many application areas by enhancing functionality and spectral coverage, facilitating new applications in biomedical, environmental and industrial fields, making devices more power-efficient and bringing ground-breaking technologies within reach of entrepreneurial SMEs. The increasingly sophisticated requirements need new paradigms, capable of extending the functionalities of

Twenty years in the making, the photonic big bang is near

Over the past two decades, on more than one occasion the time seemed right for integrated-photonics technology to move beyond niche applications. Now finally, everything is lined up for that to happen, says Lionix International CEO Arne Leinse. It will require one more bold investment push, however. What will Lionix International look like in ten

New investment in light-powered biosensor accelerates the availability of high quality – low cost tests for Covid-19 and others

Surfix announces an investment of € 8,5 million by a Dutch consortium consisting of companies Qurin Diagnostics and LioniX International, industry accelerator PhotonDelta and the East Netherlands Development Agency Oost NL for further development of Surfix’s plug-and-play diagnostics platform. Surfix will use the investment to accelerate the development of its fast, reliable and attractive plug-and-play

New Technology Centre PITC Launched to Accelerate Digital Innovation With the Power of Light

New Photonic Integration Technology Center (PITC) to advance innovations for global technological and societal challenges with revolutionary chip technology.  On 2 June 2021, the integrated photonics industry accelerator PhotonDelta, research institute TNO, Eindhoven University of Technology and University of Twente will sign a cooperation agreement for the new Photonic Integration Technology Center (PITC) in the

International frontrunners in photonics research can work together on innovation

The Netherlands and Taiwan, both frontrunners in photonics research, join forces through a new cooperation programme. Photonics is a technology that is used in many products, such as cameras in mobile phones, the Internet and lighting. Joint research should lead to photonic innovations that contribute to economic opportunities for societal challenges such as climate change.

French quantum industry chooses photonics – QuiX delivers!

QuiX, the Twente-based worldwide market leader in quantum photonic processors, has sold one of its devices to Quandela, the leading French quantum technologies firm. With this purchase, Quandela anticipates the French national quantum technologies program that was recently announced by president Macron, which will include a strong photonics component. Quantum photonic processors are the central

The Role of Integrated Photonics for Future 5G Networks

Data usage and, thus, data traffic over the mobile and fibre networks is growing exponentially every year. While the currently used optical transmission solutions are reaching their limits, a new technology is ready to be implemented. Traditional photonics use manipulation of light to generate, detect, or process information. More recently, integrated photonics has shown the

The Qmode project has started!

The Dutch companies QuiX and PHIX started a collaboration in the project Qmode to overcome the packaging challenges of connecting large-scale quantum photonic processors to the outside world.  The Qmode project is funded with an MIT-R&D collaboration project grant from the Province Overijssel, dedicated to stimulate the innovation and development of products, processes and services

5G Hub Eindhoven reveals: EFFECT Photonics and Vodafone start testing optical SoCs in mobile network

Earlier this week, during a visit by NLdigital, the industry association of the digital sector, the 5G Hub in Eindhoven announced that EFFECT Photonics and Vodafone have started testing the integration of so-called optical SoCs in the mobile network. This optical ‘System-on-Chip’ technology is expected to offer internet providers and users many advantages in the

QuiX makes first sale

QuiX, the Dutch quantum photonics company, announced today that it has sold its first quantum photonic processor. The customer is Qontrol, a quantum technologies company from the UK. Quantum photonic processors are the central component of a photonic quantum computer. Such devices could be used in the future for carrying out information processing tasks that

University of Waterloo and Brainport Eindhoven are taking the next steps to bring new nanotech to Dutch and European markets

The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) at the University of Waterloo (UWaterloo) and the economic development agency of Brainport Eindhoven in the Netherlands have taken another step towards bringing Waterloo’s top nanotechnology innovations to the EU market. The City of Waterloo and Eindhoven embarked on a strategic partnership in 2014 which paved the way for

Optics11 and optics11 life secure funding to accelerate growth

Optics11 and Optics11 Life have secured funding from Rabobank. The funding will be used to strongly accelerate growth across global markets, to further build the team for the future and to strategically expand the high-tech product portfolios of both business units. “This is the right moment to pick up the pace. Rabobank’s funding helps us

InP on SiN photonic integrated circuits realized through wafer-scale micro-transfer printing

New H2020 project INSPIRE will revolutionize photonic integrated circuit technology by combining highest optoelectronic efficiencies in InP photonics and lowest optical loss in SiN photonics, in a single platform through wafer-scale micro-transfer printing technology.Major photonic integration platforms, i.e., silicon, silicon nitride (SiN) or indium phosphide (InP) based, are now mature and make their impact in

Effect photonics raises $37m to develop single-chip coherent optics and scale production

EFFECT Photonics announces the first close of its Series C round, co-led by Smile Invest together with existing investor Innovation Industries Fund, exactly one year after announcing the tape-out of its Manta full photonic integration coherent PIC. Smile Invest are joined by existing investors including Innovation Industries Fund, Photon Delta, btov Partners, Brabant Development Agency

NWO perspective program optical wireless superhighways

Building communication links with the tremendous capacity of a fiber, without needing a fiber. The 5.1M€ NWO perspective program will run for 5 years, accommodating 14 PhD students and Postdocs. Like the Netherlands has been the cradle for WiFi (pioneered at WCND in Nieuwegein) and for Bluetooth (by Ericsson in Emmen), the program has the

PhotonDelta is making new partnerships to accelerate the PIC startup scene

Following the renowned incubator HighTechXL, PhotonDelta has recently entered into other fruitful cooperations with NLC, Philips Innovation Services and Lumo labs. The collaboration with experienced incubators, ventures builders and coaching service providers is of strategic importance to the Dutch integrated photonics ecosystem as successful startups will help to create new applications that can benefit from

High-end technology supplier of products and systems Demcon joins PhotonDelta’s integrated photonics ecosystem

Recently, PhotonDelta signed a partner agreement with Demcon, a leading Dutch R&D partner for high-end technology with headquarters in Enschede and offices in Best, Delft, Groningen, Maastricht, Münster and Singapore. The addition of Demcon to PhotonDelta’s ecosystem will reinforce the Dutch integrated photonic systems supply-chain with their system-level design, development and engineering services across various

Innovation support fund launched for SME uptake of photonic integration technology

The open innovation program OIP4NWE launches its innovation support fund to stimulate uptake of integrated photonics technology by SMEs. Seven SMEs will receive innovation support from the OIP4NWE consortium.By providing innovation support to SMEs across North-West Europe, OIP4NWE contributes to the competitiveness and innovativeness of European SMEs on the global markets. The pilot line has

PhotonDelta and Innovation Industries invest in groundbreaking optical spectroscopy start-up: MantiSpectra

Together with Innovation Industries, PhotonDelta invests seed capital in MantiSpectra, a recent spin-off from Eindhoven University of Technology. MantiSpectra is developing an innovative near infrared (NIR) spectrometer technology using photonic integrated chips. Spectrometers can measure the chemical composition of a sample by using light. Current solutions tend to be bulky, expensive and need to be

MIT AIM Academy and PhotonDelta present the Integrated Photonics Systems Roadmap

The 2020 Integrated Photonics System Roadmap – International (IPSR-I) is a global reference document that reveals the full potential of integrated photonics. It has been released jointly by MIT’s Initiative for Knowledge and Innovation in Manufacturing (IKIM) in Cambridge, which runs the AIM Photonics Academy project and PhotonDelta, based in Eindhoven, Netherlands. It charts the

Start of Photonics Assembly Consortium: PODIUM

A unique ecosystem to accelerate and standardize the packaging of integrated photonics. Today Chip Integration Technology Center (CITC), Tegema, PI (Physik Instrumente) and PHIX released their new Photonics Assembly Consortium called PODIUM, funded by PhotonDelta and CITC. The name PODIUM refers to PIC Open Development Infrastructure for Universal Markets. The consortium runs a program in

Quix introduces large-scale quantum photonic processor

QuiX, a photonic quantum technologies company, has demonstrated the world’s largest universal quantum photonic processor. The device is plug-and-play, compatible with all photon sources, and is commercially available. It was unveiled at a product presentation today.Quantum computing will revolutionize the way we process information. To bring this closer to real-world applications, QuiX has developed a

Photonics startup MantiSpectra takes chemical analysis out of the lab

Who says chemical analysis needs to be performed in a laboratory, by well-trained personnel? Thanks to a photonic-chip-based spectral sensing system being commercialized by startup Mantispectra, classifying and quantifying material composition will never be easier. The optimal time to harvest There’s only so much a farmer can tell about his crops just by looking at

Photonics Digital Innovation Hub secures €19 million to boost SME growth and ensure EU jobs

PhotonHub Europe – a new pan-European photonics digital innovation hub –has been awarded €19 million investment from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. PhotonHub Europe will help European SMEs and mid-caps become highly competitive digital businesses through faster and smarter deployment of photonics-based technologies, directly creating over 1.000 new high-tech EU jobs and nearly €1 billion

Effect Photonics’ optical transceivers tune in to the market

It’s been quite the journey, but Effect Photonics is finally ready to take the telecom market by storm with its tunable optical transceivers. In doing so, it will give the Dutch Photondelta integrated photonics ecosystem a most welcome boost, too. The start In January 2011, Boudewijn Docter and colleagues from Effect Photonics left a Silicon

Report: Equipment needs for efficient and reliable production of integrated photonics

Although many similarities seem to exist between semicon and photonic production, there are major differences. The availability of front-end and back-end production equipment tuned to their needs, will provide the photonics industry with the tools to efficiently and reliably produce photonic devices and systems. Equipment companies on the other hand, will be involved in the

PHIX welcomes new investor PhotonDelta

With the addition of PhotonDelta as a shareholder, PHIX further secures its position as a leading packaging and assembly foundry within the European integrated photonics ecosystem. PhotonDelta also provides PHIX with long term financing for equipment purchases necessary to ramp up production of optoelectronic modules. This is made possible by PhotonDelta’s funding partners: Brainport Development

SMART Photonics secures €35M new funding to accelerate growth for photonic chip manufacturing

SMART Photonics, the independent foundry for photonic integrated circuits, today announced a €35M Series C investment from a Dutch consortium led by Innovation Industries. The company, founded in 2012 and based at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, will use the funds to expand its capacity for wafer manufacturing, accelerate the development of its photonic

Dutch industrial partners in integrated photonics collaborate on PICs in space

At the end of April, the Dutch consortia of the PhotonDelta Flagship project jointly kicked off the project. The project addresses the realization of a robust and versatile hybrid integrated photonics platform that provides scalable solutions for a suite of applications. Moreover, with two proven technology platforms within the Netherlands, InP and TriPleX, the PhotonDelta

A PhotonDelta roadmap for integrated photonics-enabled bio-sensing is coming

PhotonDelta and its partners have initiated projects to develop bio-sensors, based on integrated photonics. A bio-sensor detects the presence or concentration of specific biomolecules, microorganisms or other biological analytes. Such a sensor is critical to bringing the detection of viruses, cancer or other diseases to the point of care of a patient at an early stage. PhotonDelta works

Leading Dutch biochip companies accelerate development of fast and reliable COVID-19 test

Surfix B.V., together with its shareholders Qurin Diagnostics B.V. and LioniX International B.V., already successfully developing bio-photonic nanochips for cancer detection and other applications, today announce an accelerated development plan to allow mass-scale COVID-19 diagnosis and immunity detection with the financial support and in close collaboration with PhotonDelta. The desktop testing device will yield reliable

Subsidized innovation in photonics for EU-based companies

Photonics, or the manipulation of light by means of optical fibers and chips, has become a crucial technology in today’s society. High-speed internet, LCD and OLED screens, optical computer mouses and many sensors could not exist without photonics. Also in industry, photonics is gaining importance every day. Optical inspection enables reliable quality control, not only

PhotonDelta Application Bootcamp with Hendrix Genetics

From 11th to 13th of February, the second PhotonDelta Application Bootcamp was held at TU/e. Experts in the field at the Eindhoven University of Technology tried to come up with solutions for Hendrix Genetics, with the use of integrated photonics. The challenge is set on measuring conventional egg properties. The company is enthusiastic about the

Visit Ambassador of Ireland

Last Thursday the Ambassador of Ireland, Mr. Kevin Kelly, along with leaders from its two most important trade organizations, Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, visited the Brainport region. PhotonDelta presented its strategy and its integrated photonics supply chain. In addition to that, the Irish visitors experienced a tour around Philips Innovation Centre and presentations from EIT Digital, EIT Health and

Successful PhotonDelta Day!

We look back at a successful event, with lively and good discussions on how to grow our integrated photonics industry! The team of PhotonDelta would like to express our appreciation and thank you for attending our first of many PhotonDelta days! We had over 125 attendees with various backgrounds: specialized in integrated photonics, high tech

Successful first PhotonDelta Application Labs Bootcamp at TU/e !

From 4 to 6 November, a multidisciplinary team of PhD students from the Eindhoven University of Technology has been working hard to identify possible integrated photonics based solutions to the next-generation product requirements of Storex. TU/e and PhotonDelta are initiators of this three day event, called ‘Application Labs Bootcamp’. The PhotonDelta Application Labs Bootcamps consist

Overview IPSR-I 2020 released

The Integrated Photonics Systems Roadmap – International 2020 overview, a joint initiative of AIM academy and PhotonDelta, has been released on 10-10-2019. The objective of the IPSR-I is to establish and sustain a trust based global network of Industrial and R&D partners, who are working together on defining and creating future Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC)

Technobis attracts long-term financing to accelerate roll-out of Integrated Photonic Sensing solutions

Active Capital Company (ACC), PhotonDelta and ABN AMRO support integrated photonic sensing market leader by providing financing to support growth. Integrated photonics is a key enabling technology that provides unparalleled technological solutions to help solve scientific, economical and societal challenges. In line with these developments, Technobis is accelerating the commercialization of next generation, PIC-activated (Photonic

EFFECT Photonics receives funding

EFFECT Photonics has secured €5M in funding from PhotonDelta to support its growing business. The funds will be used to further accelerate product development and business scale-up, and thereby strengthens the integrated photonics ecosystem. EFFECT Photonics’ CEO James Regan says the Internet of Things, virtual reality, and cloud services are growing in popularity every day,