MIT AIM Academy and PhotonDelta present the Integrated Photonics Systems Roadmap

17 December 2020

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 technology development of various branches of integrated photonics over the short, medium and long term. The authors of the IPSR-I describe the revolutionary advancements that integrated photonics will bring to the world, transforming industries and tackling global societal challenges in the years to come.

Lionel Kimerling, Thomas Lord Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT:

‘The IPSR-I represents the consensus of more than 400 participants. It is the document of record to align the technology supply chain, from research to end users, to synchronously meet yield, integration, and performance requirements for integrated photonic systems. The commitment of the Working Groups to continuously reach consensus on trends and challenges at every node in the technology supply chain is critical to the timely adoption of scalable, synergistic electronic-photonic system solutions.’

Ewit Roos, CEO PhotonDelta:

‘The ultimate function of a roadmap is to join forces to identify the needs for research and development and turn the foreseen outcome into a reference for readers to create next-generation integrated photonics solutions that will help the world overcome societal challenges. I would like to express my gratitude to the worldwide community that made this possible and for acknowledging the necessity to come together and convert technology insights and product requirements. A great first step has been set.‘

Knowledge merger

In total, more than 400 experts from around the world have contributed over the last three years to the IPSR-I. They represent an equal mix of large multinationals, small and medium-sized enterprises, and institutes and universities. The 2020 IPSR-I is the merger of two independent roadmaps: the US-based IPSR Roadmap, sponsored by MIT’s Microphotonics Center and MIT’s Initiative for Knowledge and Innovation in Manufacturing, which runs the AIM Photonics Academy project, and the European-based World Technology Mapping Forum, sponsored by PhotonDelta. 

The full roadmap report is available as of today and can be downloaded via the button below or on the website of IPSR-I:

For more information, please visit the websites of MIT Microphotonics Center or AIM Photonics.