|[February 20, 2013]
Leti to Coordinate Four-Year EC Project Targeting A Complete European Supply Chain in Silicon Photonics
GRENOBLE, France --(Business Wire)--
CEA-Leti today announced that it will coordinate a four-year project
aimed at building a European-based supply chain in silicon photonics and
speeding industrialization of the technology.
The PLAT4M (Photonic Libraries And Technology for Manufacturing) project
will focus on bringing the existing silicon photonics research platform
to a level that enables seamless transition to industry, suitable for
different application fields and levels of production volume.
PLAT4M, which is funded by a European Commission grant of 10.2 million
euros, includes 15 leading European R&D institutes and CMOS companies,
key industrial and research organizations in design and packaging, as
well as end users in different application fields to build the complete
"Silicon with its mature integration platform has brought electronic
circuits to mass-market applications - our vision is that silicon
photonics will follow this evolution," said Laurent Fulbert, Integrated
Photonics Program Manager at CEA-Leti, coordinator of PLAT4M. "Upgrading
existing platforms to become compatible with industrialization is now
essential and this requires streamlining and stabilizing the design and
process flows by taking into account design robustness, process
variability and integration constraints. The PLAT4M partners bring a
critical combination of expertise to the challenge of building a
complete supply chain for commercializing silicon photonics in Europe."
A surge in output of silicon photonics research in recent years has
significantly boosted the potential for commercial exploitation of the
technology. However, most of this R&D has been devoted to developing
elementary building blocks, rather than fabricating complete photonic
integrated circuits, which are needed to support large potential markets.
The PLAT4M consortium will make technologies and tools mature by
building a coherent design flow, demonstrating manufacturability of
elementary devices and process itegration and developing a packaging
toolkit. The project will validate the complete supply chain through
application-driven test vehicles representing various application
fields, such as telecom and datacom, gas sensing and light detection and
ranging (LiDAR) and vibrometry. It also will focus on preparing the
next-generation platform by setting up a roadmap for performance
evolution and assessing scalability to high-volume production.
The supply chain will be based on technology platforms of Leti, imec and
STMicroelectronics (News - Alert), supported by a unified design environment.
The multiple benefits of PLAT4M for the European photonic industry will
Preparing the supply chain for silicon photonics technology, from
chip-level technology to packaged circuits
Making integration technologies accessible to a broad circle of users
in a fabless model
Contributing to the development of a design environment that
facilitates photonics/electronics convergence
Moving the emphasis from the component to the architecture, and thus
concentrate efforts on new products or new functionalities rather than
the technology level
Aggregating competencies in photonics/electronics design and
Retaining the key added value in components in Europe through
optoelectronic integration, with little added value in offshore
PLAT4M Consortium Members
The consortium consists of renowned technology providers, research
institutes, end users and SMEs with excellent track records in advanced
photonics technologies. At the design and process level, CEA and imec
have been the most prominent European players in silicon photonics for a
decade. Together with University of Paris-Sud, III-V Lab and TNO, they
have demonstrated numerous scientific and technological breakthroughs.
For building a complete design flow, Mentor Graphics (News - Alert), PhoeniX BV and Si2
are world leaders in EDA tools and will work together to develop a
common reference platform.
STMicroelectronics (France and Italy) brings its vast experience in
microelectronics, and it has been engaged for the past year in the
development of silicon photonics at the industrial level. Tyndall-UCC
and Aifotec are renowned experts in the field of optoelectronic
packaging and will work together on the implementation of packaging
technologies developed within PLAT4M in a manufacturing environment.
End-users like Polytec, Thales (News - Alert) Research & Technology and NXP will drive
the demonstrators development and assess the use of silicon photonics in
their applications fields.
Leti is an institute of CEA, a French research-and-technology
organization with activities in energy, IT, healthcare, defence and
security. Leti is focused on creating value and innovation through
technology transfer to its industrial partners. It specializes in
nanotechnologies and their applications, from wireless devices and
systems, to biology, healthcare and photonics. NEMS and MEMS are at the
core of its activities. An anchor of the MINATEC campus, CEA-Leti
operates 8,000-m² of state-of-the-art clean room space on 200mm and
300mm wafer platforms. It employs 1,700 scientists and engineers
including 240 Ph.D. students and 200 assignees from partner companies.
CEA-Leti owns more than 1,880 patent families. In 2011, CEA-Leti entered
the capital of III-V lab. The public-private partnership between
Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs (News - Alert), Thales and CEA-Leti is combining III-V and
silicon semiconductor technologies, opening up new research perspectives
For more information, visit www.leti.fr.
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