Most industries recognise the power of photonics as a key enabling technology when integrated with electronics systems. But few organisations have been able to translate this knowledge into market-ready products. Until now. At the Photonic Integration Technology Center (PITC), leading minds in the industry can help bring concepts to technological maturity.

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Shining a light on photonic chips

Photonic chips use the power of light to break barriers that electronic circuits face. Photonics provide enormous capacity, at the speed of light. Extensive research proves the benefits of photonics for applications ranging from 3D sensing for autonomous vehicles (LiDAR) to super-fast, disruption-free data transfer and digital communication. And from affordable biosensors to novel imaging equipment in the medical domain. But it is often difficult to translate research into actual products.

Center of acceleration

Wafers for integrated electronic circuits

The PITC is an independent R&D and innovation center that brings together the brightest minds in the field to accelerate the uptake of photonics technology and push concepts from the academic to the industrial players. By removing development obstacles, the center aims for faster commercial adoption. TNO contributes its knowledge of photonics and optics, and its expertise in system engineering, to ensure that application requirements are translated into the right technological solutions. Already active in the field of photonics integration, TNO’s participation in the PITC offers another way to drive the industry forward.

Experts from Eindhoven University of Technology and the University of Twente contribute their fundamental knowledge of the world-leading photonics technology platforms – Indium Phosphide (InP) and Silicon Nitride (SiN). And the publicly funded PhotonDelta consortium provides funding to stimulate – and provide leverage for industrial commitment to – technology development. Furthermore, PITC collaborates with the Chip Integration Technology Center (CITC), another innovation center co-founded by TNO. All partners offer their vast networks to ensure that the entire photonics ecosystem grows together.

Defining the solutions

Within the field of integrated photonics, there are a number of different platforms and solutions. One key benefit of the PITC is that it will enable industry players to investigate the different platforms to determine the most suitable – and most beneficial – for their particular needs. The PITC even aims to explore the possibility of combining different platforms into a single, hybrid, integrated solution.

Eliminating the roadblocks

In addition to offering the space to explore photonics technology, the PITC will be an accelerator for companies who suspect that photonics can offer great solutions, but don’t have the facilities, knowledge or networks to explore the technology effectively. The PITC will perhaps be most valuable for organisations that want to share the costs and risks of exploring integrated photonics in pre-competitive, shared-innovation collaborations that increase knowledge and drive entire industries forward.

Start today

Founded by reputable parents, PITC is well positioned to reach its aim of becoming the world’s leading center for integrated photonics. Are you ready to begin exploring the potential of photonics for market application? Want access to the leading minds in the field and partners committed to bringing integrated photonics technology from the drawing board to the production line? Contact the PITC today.


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