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Superlight Photonics’ ‘white’ laser set to revolutionise imaging

Enschede-based startup Superlight Photonics has developed a broadband-laser chip that can replace the bulky and power-hungry technology currently used in advanced imaging and metrology equipment. The idea popped into his head while moving the remainder of his belongings from Germany to his new home in Enschede. During his PhD research at the Department of Ultrafast

Europe’s largest integrated photonics companies call on the EU to support building a resilient supply chain for photonic ICs

Group of CEOs present the EU Commission with a €4.25 billion plan to support growth of industry which is critical to applications including high speed internet, data security, autonomous vehicles and quantum computing. Eindhoven, Netherlands; 7th November 2023: CEOs from eight* of Europe’s largest integrated photonics companies have presented Thomas Skordas, Deputy Director-General, DG Connect,

PhotonDelta CTO changes roles to support PIC startups while welcoming new CTO to drive PIC roadmap strategy

From February 1st onwards, Carol de Vries, PhotonDelta CTO, will change roles to focus on startups and support the integrated photonics strategy. Peter van Arkel, currently working with PhotonDelta as the roadmapping director of the IPSR-I, will take over the CTO role. Carol has been part of PhotonDelta since 2019 and has seen the ecosystem

MantiSpectra Secures €4 Million in funding to Revolutionize Material Analysis with Spectral Sensors powered by AI

Eindhoven, 26-09-2023 – The Eindhoven-based deep-tech company MantiSpectra, a Spinoff of the Eindhoven University of Technology, has successfully secured €4 million funding to support its mission to revolutionise how we ‘see’ the world around us by enabling the adoption of near-infrared spectroscopy everywhere. Innovation Industries and PhotonVentures led the funding round. Together with the support

PhotonDelta Partners With TU/e For Inaugural Netherlands-Taiwan Summer School

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) recently hosted academics and industry leaders from the Netherlands and Taiwan for a first-of-its-kind summer school focussed on advancing innovations in electronics and photonics. The event – Eindhoven Taiwan Summer School: Advancing Innovation In Semiconductor Electronics and Photonics – welcomed an impressive line-up of leading lights from both industries and

PhotonDelta Inspires Next Generation Photonics Professionals At ITSS-TSaT 2023

PhotonDelta recently sponsored the 32nd International Travelling Summer School (ITSS-TSaT) organized by Eindhoven Hendrik Casimir Institute (EHCI). The goal was to draw attention to a thriving ecosystem and inspire international students, researchers, and professors to join the photonics industry. With backgrounds in scientific fields such as terahertz science, quantum computing, and photonics, more than 70

Etteplan accelerates photonics technology breakthrough

Etteplan has developed a smart solution to accelerate the global breakthrough in photonics. Using a modular machine platform, lightning-fast assembly of optical elements with extreme accuracy is possible. With the latest innovation, particularly prototypes of photonics products can now be produced much faster. Integrated photonics is an emerging technology where instead of electrons, photons (light

PhotonDelta & OnePlanet Research Center Serve Up New Industry Roadmap for Agrifood

Sustainable food production and distribution using integrated photonic microchips are top of the menu in a new roadmap from leading photonics experts and researchers. Wageningen, Netherlands – PhotonDelta and OnePlanet Research Center have today launched the ‘Integrated Photonics for Agrifood’ roadmap during the Post Harvest Unlimited Conference (PHUC) at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. It was

QMware and QuiX Quantum to establish the first fully integrated Hybrid Quantum Computing Data Center

Enschede, Netherlands – QMware and QuiX Quantum collaborate to develop the first fully integrated, hybrid quantum-classical platform in Enschede, the Netherlands, where QuiX Quantum’s headquarters are located. The hybrid architecture integrates high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure with native quantum computing technology onsite for the first time globally. The new data center is expected to be fully

Delta Diagnostics raises €5.25 million in Series A Funding to Revolutionize Biosensing Technology  

Rotterdam, 9 May 2023 – Dutch start-up, Delta Diagnostics, a leader in label-free, multiplexed biosensing, announced today that it has successfully secured Series A funding of €5.25 million.  The funding round was made possible by a consortium of four investors: i&i Biotech Fund, Oost NL, InnovationQuarter and PhotonDelta. The investment will fuel the company’s ambitious

Emerging photonics ecosystem at the heart of King’s visit to Holst Centre and Photondelta

Eindhoven, 20 April 2023 – During King Willem-Alexander’s visit to the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven on April 20, he gained insight into the value chain of integrated photonics in the Netherlands and Europe from various perspectives. This emerging chip technology is accelerating thanks to a €1.1 billion program led by PhotonDelta. With demonstrations at

Award winning photonics sensor chip opens the door to a material sensor in every pocket

MantiSpectra wins prestigious Hermes Startup Award in recognition of its breakthrough ChipSense device Eindhoven, The Netherlands; 16th April 2023: Spectral sensor technology company MantiSpectra has won the Hermes Startup Award at Hannover Messe in Germany for ChipSense – a spectral sensor on a chip. ChipSense enables the creation of novel material sensors that are 1000

New Origin secures €6 million to build independent photonic chips foundry

Funding from PhotonDelta will create production facility to supply Europe’s photonics industry with new silicon nitride chips. Enschede, The Netherlands – 12th April 2023: New Origin has secured €6 million in funding from PhotonDelta – a cross-border ecosystem of photonic chip technology organisations. The capital will be used to create the Netherland’s first independent photonic

Integrated photonics platforms compared: Silicon Nitride, Indium Phosphide & Silicon Photonics

No technology platform can do it all in integrated photonics. In this final installment of a four-part series, we’ll review strengths and weaknesses of the major photonic platforms and take a closer look at how combinations of them unlock the full potential of integrated photonics. Whenever an emerging technology comes in multiple flavors, you’re inclined

EFFECT Photonics Unveils Development of New Pico Tunable Laser Assembly

New pTLA to offer industry-best combination of size, affordability, and performance to meet the demand for 100G coherent at the edge. EFFECT Photonics, a leading developer of highly integrated optical solutions, announced the development of a new Pico Tunable Laser Assembly (pTLA) to address the growing demand for 100G coherent transceivers in access networks. Tunable

IPSR-I Presents: Autumn Meeting 2022 Round-Up

One of the highlights of PIC Summit Europe 2022, was the autumn meeting of the Integrated Photonics Systems Roadmap – International (IPSR-I). Bringing together industry representatives, leading academics, and chip manufacturers from around the world, the event was another important step towards delivering integrated photonics killer applications by 2035.  IPSR-I Roadmapping Director, Peter van Arkel,

Lex Kerssemakers Joins PhotonDelta’s Supervisory Board

The former Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) for Volvo joins PhotonDelta’s Supervisory Board. We caught up with Lex Kerssemakers to find out more about his background, his extensive career, and why he joined PhotonDelta. An Automotive Leader A veteran of the automotive industry for over 35 years, Lex Kerssemakers joined Volvo early on – starting out

QuiX Quantum wins the renowned Prism Award 2023 in the Quantum Tech category

QuiX Quantum has been awarded the Prism Award, touted as the “Oscars of Photonics”, for their 20-mode Quantum Photonic Processor. This recognition is a great accomplishment for the Dutch photonic quantum computing company, as it is another validation of their commercially available, market-leading quantum hardware. The Prism Awards is an international competition that honors the

Dutch photonics industry lights up US market with a raft of breakthroughs at Photonics West 2023

Dutch photonic startups supported by PhotonDelta, a cross-border ecosystem of photonic chip technology organisations, have made a series of breakthrough announcements at the Dutch Pavilion (booth# 5209) at Photonics West in San Francisco. Breakthroughs at Photonics West Astrape Network’s photonics solution allows for much faster data transmission compared to traditional electrical networking. Crucially, it is

Dutch Consortium Invests €3.5 Million in LioniX International

Enschede, the Netherlands – A Dutch consortium led by Invest-NL and FORWARD.one, and further consisting of Universiteit Twente Holding, Oost NL and PhotonDelta, invests €3.5 million in the growth ambitions of LioniX International, an Enschede based global leader in customized microsystem and photonics solutions. The consortium sees her investment in LioniX International as an illustration

Silicon Photonics (SiPh): Piggybacking on Decades of Chip Manufacturing Experience

No technology platform can do it all in integrated photonics. In part III of a four-part series, we take a closer look at a base material that stands out for its seamless integration with existing CMOS infrastructure: silicon. The origin of silicon photonics Capable of propagating high data rates at relatively low power dissipation, light

EFFECT Photonics Partners with Fabrinet to Scale Production of Highly Integrated Optical Solutions

Eindhoven, The Netherlands — EFFECT Photonics, a leading developer of highly integrated optical solutions, announced today that it has selected Fabrinet as its manufacturing partner for its integrated optical sub-assemblies. Fabrinet is a global leader in high-precision optical, electronic and mechanical manufacturing services, and a proven partner for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide. As a

PIC Summit Europe 2022 brought everything the community hoped for

Over 300 visitors from more than 20 countries enjoyed the first edition of PIC Summit Europe in Eindhoven on November 7 and 8. In two days, the whole integrated photonics value chain – including academics, startups, policymakers, and the industry – got together to share their views and learn from each other. CEO Ewit Roos

What is a Photonic Integrated Circuit?

A photonic integrated circuit (PIC) is a microchip containing two or more photonic components which form a functioning circuit, hence also called photonic chip. Photonic components utilise photons (or particles of light) as opposed to electrons. As they move at the speed of light, photons have a wide bandwidth and minimal energy loss, making them

PITC launches Metrology program to drastically reduce the cost of photonic chips

Integrated photonics will have a sustainable impact on society, but its adoption is hampered by long product development cycles and limited production throughput. Improving and scaling measurement and test technology are crucial for accelerating the uptake of integrated photonics. To address these challenges, the Photonic Integration Technology Center has launched the Metrology program, aimed at

QuiX Quantum opens new office in Amsterdam

The market leader in quantum computing with light has a new office in Amsterdam. This is QuiX Quantum’s third standing office since 2019, shortly following another one of their new offices in Ulm with the German Aerospace Center that they won to build a €14 M quantum computer based on photonics. Quantum in Amsterdam QuiX

What Is Indium Phosphide and What Can It Do More Than Other PIC Platforms?

No technology platform can do it all in integrated photonics. In part II of a four-part series, we take a closer look at a base material that stands out for its ability to produce light, thus allowing for the fabrication of active components: Indium Phosphide. Why Indium Phosphide Is Widely Used as a Light Source

QuiX Quantum wins €14 million contract with the German Aerospace Center to deliver a Universal Quantum Computer

QuiX Quantum will deliver 8- and 64-qubit fully Universal Quantum Computers based on integrated photonics, integrating the existing technologies from their processors with sources, detectors, and feedforward to create a modular Photonic Quantum Computer. This represents the first commercial sale of Universal Quantum Computers based on light. The customized development for the German Aerospace Center,

IPSR-I Presents: Spring Meeting 2022 Round-Up

With the next IPSR-I Roadmap Meeting scheduled for November 2022 at the PIC Summit Europe in Eindhoven, we provide a round-up of the spring meeting, and take a look ahead at what’s to come this autumn. Join the IPSR-I Roadmap Meeting on November 8th by registering via PIC Summit Europe. The previous IPSR-I Roadmap event in

Global energy leader GE and PhotonFirst enter into partnership for development of transformer monitoring solutions

Asset monitoring & diagnostics expertise of GE’s Grid Solutions matched with PhotonFirst’s innovation leadership in chip based sensing Lisburn, UK, Alkmaar, The Netherlands, September 12, 2022 – With a signing ceremony on the premises of GE’s Grid Solutions in Lisburn, GE and PhotonFirst announced a strategic technology collaboration. As the energy transition accelerates, reliability and

MantiSpectra and Vestel cooperate to make home appliances smarter

The Eindhoven-based start-up MantiSpectra has signed a framework agreement with Vestel group to validate and accelerate the use of spectral sensing technologies in the domain of Smart Home appliances. MantiSpectra, a deep tech spin-off of Eindhoven University of Technology, has recently developed ChipSense™, a photonic chip that will revolutionize the spectrometer landscape and has the

Cash Infusion For Photonics-Focused Biosensor Startup Delta Diagnostics

Rotterdam-based Delta Diagnostics lands seed round from PhotonDelta & TNO Investment to help bring its biosensor system to the market faster. 14 July 2022, Rotterdam – Biosensor R&D start-up Delta Diagnostics has received a seed investment from two leading innovators: research organisation TNO – The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research – and PhotonDelta, an

QuiX Quantum lands €5.5 million for development of world’s most powerful photonic quantum computer

QuiX’s photonic quantum processors operate at room temperature – vastly reducing their cost and size Enschede, Netherlands – 7 July 2022: QuiX Quantum, a leading producer of quantum processors, has secured a €5.5 million Seed Round investment from PhotonDelta, FORWARD.one and Oost NL. The funding will take QuiX a step closer to creating the world’s

Why Can Silicon Nitride Be an Ideal Platform for Photonic Integrated Circuits?

No technology platform can do it all in integrated photonics. That’s why we are looking for the characteristics of the various technology platforms of photonic integrated circuits. In this article, we take a closer look at a base material that stands out for its low light losses and broad spectral coverage: Silicon Nitride (SiN). In

QuiX Quantum appoints new CEO Dr. -Ing. Stefan Hengesbach

9 June 2022 — QuiX Quantum introduces Dr. -Ing. Stefan Hengesbach as newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, for the world’s most powerful quantum photonics processors and scalable, plug-and-play quantum computing solutions. Founder Dr. Hans van den Vlekkert is retiring from the operational side of the business and will remain with the company as a director

A group of organisations is appealing to politicians to keep the Netherlands attractive for foreign talent

For foreign employees in the Netherlands, the Dutch government offers an allowance for extra costs in the form of a tax advantage. In the run-up to the Spring Memorandum, the 30% facility was discussed. The 30% facility is for employees who come from outside the Netherlands and work in the Netherlands temporarily. Do they meet

Are We There Yet? How Optical Chips Are Setting The Pace On The Road To Automotive Innovation

There’s no doubt about it: in the not-too-distant future, cars are going to have a lot more technology packed into them. A heck of a lot more. Could optical chip technology – aka integrated photonics – be the answer to automotive manufacturers’ combined need for smaller and more energy efficient hardware? Electric vehicles and autonomous

HighTechXL and PhotonDelta Aim to Build More Integrated Photonics Startups

22 April 2022, Eindhoven – HighTechXL and PhotonDelta announce a technology partnership to build new integrated photonics start-ups, thereby strengthening the Brainport ecosystem and the Netherlands as a world leader in integrated photonics. PhotonDelta, the integrated photonics ecosystem, contributes its technical know-how and network, to which HighTechXL adds its venture building expertise. HighTechXL builds deep-tech

PhotonDelta Lands €1.1 Billion To Usher in a New Generation of Semiconductor Technology

Eindhoven, Netherlands – PhotonDelta, a cross-border ecosystem of photonic chip technology organisations, has, subject to conditions*, landed €1.1 billion in public and private investment to transform the Netherlands into the leader of next generation semiconductors. Capital from the Netherland’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and other organisations will be used to build 200

Quix Quantum Launches Record Breaking 20-Qumode Quantum Photonic Processor

QuiX Quantum, the market leader in photonic quantum computing hardware, today announced the commercial launch of the world’s largest photonic quantum processor. The processor was developed in the Netherlands and outperforms the current generation of processors by almost a factor of 2. The new quantum photonic processor has a record number of qumodes (20). It

EFFECT Photonics Acquires Coherent Optical Digital Signal Processing Business from Viasat

EFFECT Photonics

At the Optical Fiber Conference (OFC) 2022, EFFECT Photonics, a leading provider of highly integrated optical communication products is announcing that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire coherent optical digital signal processing (DSP) and forward error correction (FEC) technology as well as a highly experienced engineering team from global communications company, Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ:

New Roadmap Released: Sustainable Digital Infrastructures With Integrated Photonics

Global data traffic is doubling every two years. As the growth rate is likely to increase further in the future, optical communication and networking technologies are becoming essential to accommodate this growth in an energy-efficient and sustainable manner. The biggest challenge within this domain is the high energy consumption of data infrastructure. The share of

Aircision and EFFECT Photonics to Jointly Develop Coherent Technology for Free Space Optics

Eindhoven, The Netherlands – Together, Aircision and EFFECT Photonics are looking to push the boundaries of ground-to-ground FSO technology by combining the advantages of integrated and free space photonics. Aircision builds high capacity free space optics (FSO) systems that can be deployed fast, cover long distances and are highly secure. In December 2021, Aircision successfully demonstrated