Opportunities in Optical (Wireless) Communication, PICs in Space (VIDEO)

Paul van Dijk, Vice President Strategy and Innovation, LioniX International talks with Pieter Hermans for JakajimaTV about the Flagship 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 Flagship project demonstrates scalability to high-volume manufacturing aiming for space quality modules; the highest quality grade in industry. Hence, this project indirectly also supports several industry and application driven roadmaps.

This Flagship project, co-initiated and co-funded by PhotonDelta, connects and involves the main Dutch industry players in integrated photonics, which are now jointly collaborating in the PhotonDelta ecosystem. The consortia is chaired by LioniX International, and involves six SME’s – Bright Photonics, EFFECT Photonics, SMART Photonics, PHIX Photonics Assembly, Technobis Fiber Technologies, VTEC Lasers & Sensors – and the Space and Semiconductor departments from TNO. The companies cover the entire supply chain from chipdesign, chip manufacturing, assembly, packaging and testing.

By combining strengths within the supply chain in this project, the entire supply chain is acting pro-active in order to fulfil the current needs of the space industry. Innovation and reduce time-to-market by closely working together in this project is being accelerated. The goal of the project is to prove the scalable supply of hybrid modules at a lower cost. By doing so, the barrier for future customers will be lowered.

Where electronic integrated circuitry is known for its compactness, high integration density of functions, robustness and excellent reproductivity in scalable volumes, photonic integrated circuits need to prove their mechanically robustness, temperature stability, radiation hardness and scalability to low-cost solutions for many applications in healthcare, automotive applications and implementation in complex and novel aeronautics and space systems.

The initiative of the PhotonDelta Flagship project secures manufacturing and design competences, assembly and qualification capabilities in the PhotonDelta ecosystem. The project will result in a scalable supply of hybrid modules at decreasing cost and compliant with Space standards. The partners are convinced that this is an efficient approach to address future opportunities and implementation of PICs in space systems for satcom and optical communications.

Paul van Dijk together with Martijn Dresscher will present this project at the first edition of the Online Optical Wireless Commuication Conference.

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