Partnership forms to commercialize advanced photonic chip innovations

Singapore--The Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), plans to commercialize key innovations in silicon photonic chips designed to support high-speed, high-bandwidth optical communications.

Singapore--The Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), plans to commercialize key innovations in silicon photonic chips designed to support high-speed, high-bandwidth optical communications. Developed as part of IME’s Silicon Photonics research platform, the chips received further enhancements from a strategic collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent Bell Laboratories.

Working with global semiconductor foundry GlobalFoundries, IME and Alcatel-Lucent plan to bring innovative silicon component designs from research to commercial fabrication readiness within the next few years.

These scalable silicon photonic chips will be made accessible to developers to create new products with a faster data rate and processing power at a lower cost.

The collaboration will enable creation of a library of silicon photonics devices with process control monitors (PCMs) and process design kits (PDKs). These photonic devices, ranging from next-generation high-speed optical modulators, germanium photodetectors, waveguides, and other common photonic circuits found in networking equipment, will be offered as a result of the collaboration.

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