Coordination

Aura Higuera Rodriguez JePPIX Coordinator & Application support Aura joined us on 16th January 2017 as the newly appointed JePPIX coordinator. Her expertise is on R&D of nanotechnology, during her PhD she worked on novel nano-beam lasers on photonic membrane technology. The JePPIX coordinator is the first point of contact for technical discussions. Contact Aura through coordinator@jeppix.eu or by pressing the contact button below.

Aura Higuera Rodriguez

JePPIX Coordinator & Application support

Aura joined us on 16th January 2017 as the newly appointed JePPIX coordinator. Her expertise is on R&D of nanotechnology, during her PhD she worked on novel nano-beam lasers on photonic membrane technology.

The JePPIX coordinator is the first point of contact for technical discussions. Contact Aura through coordinator@jeppix.eu or by pressing the contact button below.

Jolanda Levering JePPIX Administration. For general inquiries on membership, events, administrative aspects of MPWs and registration for JePPIX training.

Jolanda Levering

JePPIX Administration.

For general inquiries on membership, events, administrative aspects of MPWs and registration for JePPIX training.

 
JePPIX is located on the 9th floor of the Flux Building 19 on the University Science Campus. Postal address: Technical University Eindhoven Department of Electrical Engineering Postbus 513 5600 MB Eindhoven The Netherlands

JePPIX is located on the 9th floor of the Flux Building 19 on the University Science Campus.

Postal address: Technical University Eindhoven
Department of Electrical Engineering
Postbus 513
5600 MB Eindhoven
The Netherlands

Steering committee members

Kevin Williams Kevin leads the Photonic Integration research group at the Institute for Photonic Integration at the Technical University of Eindhoven. 

Kevin Williams

Kevin leads the Photonic Integration research group at the Institute for Photonic Integration at the Technical University of Eindhoven. 

Meint K. Smit Meint K. Smit invented the Arrayed Waveguide Grating, for which he received a LEOS Technical Achievement award in 1997. In 2000 he became leader of the Photonic Integration group at the COBRA Research Institute of TU Eindhoven. His current research interests are in InP-based Photonic Integration, including integration of InP circuitry on Silicon.

Meint K. Smit

Meint K. Smit invented the Arrayed Waveguide Grating, for which he received a LEOS Technical Achievement award in 1997. In 2000 he became leader of the Photonic Integration group at the COBRA Research Institute of TU Eindhoven. His current research interests are in InP-based Photonic Integration, including integration of InP circuitry on Silicon.

Francisco M. Soares Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz Institute (HHI) Francisco is currently focusing his research on high-level- and high-scale photonic integration on InP. His expertise lies in the design, simulation, fabrication, and characterization of integrated photonic devices. The Photonic Components (PC) department in HHI has more than 30 years of experience in researching and developing a wide range of discrete and integrated photonic devices mainly for optical communications, but also for optical sensing and instrumentation. Relying on the two enabling materials platforms, “InP semiconductors” and “optical polymers”, HHI focuses on the development and prototyping of photonic chips in close cooperation with domestic and foreign companies, mainly SMEs, but is also engaged in pilot production to help transfer devices from the laboratory environment to real deployments in the field.

Francisco M. Soares

Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz Institute (HHI)

Francisco is currently focusing his research on high-level- and high-scale photonic integration on InP. His expertise lies in the design, simulation, fabrication, and characterization of integrated photonic devices.

The Photonic Components (PC) department in HHI has more than 30 years of experience in researching and developing a wide range of discrete and integrated photonic devices mainly for optical communications, but also for optical sensing and instrumentation. Relying on the two enabling materials platforms, “InP semiconductors” and “optical polymers”, HHI focuses on the development and prototyping of photonic chips in close cooperation with domestic and foreign companies, mainly SMEs, but is also engaged in pilot production to help transfer devices from the laboratory environment to real deployments in the field.

Arne Leinse CCO at LioniX International. He has been closely involved in the invention and development of the TriPleX™ platform  and (co)authored over 100 articles in the last years. He has been Vice-President of LioniX BV in recent years. Since the establishment of LioniX-International in 2016 he is active in the role of Chief Commercial Officer.

Arne Leinse

CCO at LioniX International.

He has been closely involved in the invention and development of the TriPleX™ platform  and (co)authored over 100 articles in the last years. He has been Vice-President of LioniX BV in recent years. Since the establishment of LioniX-International in 2016 he is active in the role of Chief Commercial Officer.

Luc Augustin, CTO SMART Photonics Luc Augustin has an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology. After his graduation, he switched to industry, including the Cedova, Photonics Lab at Philips Research, His expertise is in simulation and design of InP based photonic integrated circuits, fabrication of III-V photonics components and integrated circuits and characterization of semiconductor based photonic components.  SMART Photonics is the world's first pure-play foundry for Indium Phosphide photonics semiconductors headquartered in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. A more detailed profile appears here.

Luc Augustin,

CTO SMART Photonics

Luc Augustin has an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology. After his graduation, he switched to industry, including the Cedova, Photonics Lab at Philips Research, His expertise is in simulation and design of InP based photonic integrated circuits, fabrication of III-V photonics components and integrated circuits and characterization of semiconductor based photonic components. 

SMART Photonics is the world's first pure-play foundry for Indium Phosphide photonics semiconductors headquartered in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. A more detailed profile appears here.

Twan Korthorst CEO Phoenix Software Twan has been instrumental in advocating for photonic integration technologies and bringing parties together to accelerate the development of design flows and manufacturing supply chains. Twan is a well respected authority in his field, not only by his partners but also by other software suppliers. He often represents the European Eco-system in other territories, including the United States.

Twan Korthorst

CEO Phoenix Software

Twan has been instrumental in advocating for photonic integration technologies and bringing parties together to accelerate the development of design flows and manufacturing supply chains.

Twan is a well respected authority in his field, not only by his partners but also by other software suppliers. He often represents the European Eco-system in other territories, including the United States.

Iñigo Artundo CEO VLC Iñigo is part of several European research projects and networks of excellence focused on reconfigurable optical interconnects, the design, fabrication and characterization of micro-optic devices, and in-building fiber network architectures.  VLC Photonics provides integrated optical services: consultancy studies, in-house optical chip design, characterization and test, and complete prototyping through external manufacturing and packaging/assembly partners. VLC Photonics, is a pure-play fabless design house.

Iñigo Artundo

CEO VLC

Iñigo is part of several European research projects and networks of excellence focused on reconfigurable optical interconnects, the design, fabrication and characterization of micro-optic devices, and in-building fiber network architectures. 

VLC Photonics provides integrated optical services: consultancy studies, in-house optical chip design, characterization and test, and complete prototyping through external manufacturing and packaging/assembly partners. VLC Photonics, is a pure-play fabless design house.

Dave Robbins David is R&D Scientist and Manager with extensive expertise in photonics, semiconductor device design and semiconductor device fabrication.Collaborator and leader in externally funded programmes such as FP7 projects  EuroPIC, PARADIGM, and PHASTFlex He runs Willow Photonics, a small high-tech consultancy based in the UK.

Dave Robbins

David is R&D Scientist and Manager with extensive expertise in photonics, semiconductor device design and semiconductor device fabrication.Collaborator and leader in externally funded programmes such as FP7 projects  EuroPIC, PARADIGM, and PHASTFlex

He runs Willow Photonics, a small high-tech consultancy based in the UK.

Michael Wale Oclaro Mike is Director of Active Products Research at Oclaro, a leading UK supplier high bandwidth optical connectivity products. He is also a Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. 

Michael Wale

Oclaro

Mike is Director of Active Products Research at Oclaro, a leading UK supplier high bandwidth optical connectivity products. He is also a Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. 

 

Partner representatives

Andre Richter General manager, VPIphotonics André is a leading expert in the field of modeling and design of applications in optical communications and integrated photonics. He holds a M.Sc. degree from Georgia Tech, USA and a Ph.D. from TU Berlin, Germany. Being with the VPIphotonics team since 1997, André contributed numerous modeling advances, invoked an international training program, and co-authored more than 100 publications. VPIphotonics is a software company with technical centers in Germany and USA supporting the Photonic Design Automation market for more than 20 years. VPIphotonics develops professional simulation software for optoelectronic components and transmission systems, and provides consulting services addressing customized design and analysis tasks.  

Andre Richter

General manager, VPIphotonics

André is a leading expert in the field of modeling and design of applications in optical communications and integrated photonics. He holds a M.Sc. degree from Georgia Tech, USA and a Ph.D. from TU Berlin, Germany. Being with the VPIphotonics team since 1997, André contributed numerous modeling advances, invoked an international training program, and co-authored more than 100 publications.

VPIphotonics is a software company with technical centers in Germany and USA supporting the Photonic Design Automation market for more than 20 years. VPIphotonics develops professional simulation software for optoelectronic components and transmission systems, and provides consulting services addressing customized design and analysis tasks.

 

Ronald Broeke General manager, BRIGHT Photonics BV BRIGHT Photonics is a design house for photonic integrated circuits (PICs). Our mission is making PICs accessible to businesses, research institutes and universities in the technologies InP, SoI, Triplex, glass and polymers. We typically operate as intermediate company between foundry services and product developers. Bright Photonics is the commercial design partner in the two largest European photonic IC projects.

Ronald Broeke

General manager, BRIGHT Photonics BV

BRIGHT Photonics is a design house for photonic integrated circuits (PICs).

Our mission is making PICs accessible to businesses, research institutes and universities in the technologies InP, SoI, Triplex, glass and polymers. We typically operate as intermediate company between foundry services and product developers. Bright Photonics is the commercial design partner in the two largest European photonic IC projects.

Andrea Melloni Founder Filarete S.r.l. He is Associate Professor at Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria – Politecnico di Milano – where he leads the group of Photonic Devices and teaches the master course “Photonics Devices”. In 2008 he founded the company Filarete, for the development and commercialization of the first circuit simulator for integrated optical circuits, ASPIC. Aspic™ is a fast and accurate simulator for the analysis, the modeling and the design of photonics integrated circuits.  In Aspic™, circuits are built as a collection of building blocks that do not require the description at physical level. Its model-based approach allows a high abstraction level, focusing on circuit functionality and performance.  

Andrea Melloni

Founder Filarete S.r.l.

He is Associate Professor at Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria – Politecnico di Milano – where he leads the group of Photonic Devices and teaches the master course “Photonics Devices”.

In 2008 he founded the company Filarete, for the development and commercialization of the first circuit simulator for integrated optical circuits, ASPIC. Aspic™ is a fast and accurate simulator for the analysis, the modeling and the design of photonics integrated circuits. 

In Aspic™, circuits are built as a collection of building blocks that do not require the description at physical level. Its model-based approach allows a high abstraction level, focusing on circuit functionality and performance.

 

Dominic Gallagher CEO, Photon Design Ltd   In 1992 he found Photon Design. He is currently CEO of Photon Design – a company developing photonics software. Photon Design was started in 1992 and now provides a wide range of innovative photonics CAD tools to 35 countries around the world, supplying most of the World’s leading photonics companies, universities and government research labs. CAD products include tools for both passive and active (semiconductor) component and optical circuit modelling. 

Dominic Gallagher

CEO, Photon Design Ltd

 

In 1992 he found Photon Design. He is currently CEO of Photon Design – a company developing photonics software. Photon Design was started in 1992 and now provides a wide range of innovative photonics CAD tools to 35 countries around the world, supplying most of the World’s leading photonics companies, universities and government research labs. CAD products include tools for both passive and active (semiconductor) component and optical circuit modelling. 

Antonello Vannucci R&D Manager at Linkra srl Antonello Vannucci joined Linkra in 2011 and took in charge the activities of R&D and Product Development of Microwave, Photonics and Microwave Photonics modules and Photonic packaging foundry service for ASPICs and optoelectronic devices. Linkra is a diversified technology company which offers a broad range of products and services (design, engineering, manufacturing and repair) in particular for the Telecom, Aerospace and Defense markets.

Antonello Vannucci

R&D Manager at Linkra srl

Antonello Vannucci joined Linkra in 2011 and took in charge the activities of R&D and Product Development of Microwave, Photonics and Microwave Photonics modules and Photonic packaging foundry service for ASPICs and optoelectronic devices.

Linkra is a diversified technology company which offers a broad range of products and services (design, engineering, manufacturing and repair) in particular for the Telecom, Aerospace and Defense markets.

 

JePPIX in Projects  

Katarzyna Lawniczuk Katarzyna leads the EU project PICs4All which replicates JePPIX support initiatives across Europe. 

Katarzyna Lawniczuk

Katarzyna leads the EU project PICs4All which replicates JePPIX support initiatives across Europe. 

 

Partners

 

Foundries

 
 
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Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute, Berlin

The HHI Photonic Component Department (PC) researches optochips and Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) for 100+ Gbit/sec data transmission and detection and sensor applications. The scientists offer production and development services in all of their activities to the German and international industry. As an example, if you already have a concrete optochip design in mind, the researchers offer additional consulting and would do design and fabrication iterations. Or if you start with a target spec, they would typically begin with a feasibility study and generate a design of their own. In all cases, they are able and willing to do initial production volumes in ISO certified, qualified production. Furthermore they offer e-beam services, and design-to-spec diffractive optical elements. Terahertz waves carry with them a multitude of potential applications e.g. in non destructive testing. Key advantage is the ability to cope with foam-like substances and to work without physical contact. This is important for modern, light weight materials and for in line process control e.g. in extruders at ~200°C. Fraunhofer HHI uses telecom technology to bring terahertz sensing from the lab table to a handheld technology.


 

LioniX International

 

LioniX is a leading provider of innovative products based on micro/nano system technology (MNT) and MEMS. Our core technologies are integrated optics and micro-fluidics. Our customers operate in telecom, industrial process control, life sciences and space markets and include OEM’s, multinationals, VC start-up companies as well as research institutions from around the world. LioniX offers design to manufacturing and horizontal integration by partnering with MEMS/MST foundries and suppliers of complementary technologies, such as in (food) biotech/genomics, chemistry/pharmaceuticals and water technology. The combination of micro-fluidics and their integrated optics technology (TriPleX™) gives LioniX an unrivalled expertise in the emerging area of Lab-on-a-Chip.  LioniX is a vertically integrated company that delivers a complete solution to its OEM customers: from initial design through volume manufacturing of products. In addition to combining the four companies, LioniX International has entered into strategic collaborations with partners in South Korea, facilitated by YMK Photonics, to enable it to provide high volume manufacturing of chips and assemblies.

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Smart Photonics

 

 

SMART Photonics is the world's first pure-play foundry for Indium Phosphide photonics semiconductors. We offer commercial Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) services on InP at very competitive rates. Headquartered in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, we are trusted by the world's leading companies, large and small. That's because of our proven track record in InP research, development and production. We've brought together just the right expertise in the right place at the right time. Indium phosphide chips are proving to be the best choice in many applications ranging from next generation low-power consumption data-centres to “intelligent pills”  for medical diagnostics and high-accuracy drug dispensation. Integrated photonics also plays an increasingly important role in the aircraft industry, air quality monitoring and ultra-secure cryptography. SMART Photonics offers a generic process developed in collaboration with the COBRA research institute, now part of the Institute for Photonic Integration. This allows for fast prototyping and low-cost development without compromising performance and functionality.

 

Design houses

 
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VLC photonics

Our mission is to provide engineering solutions that allow our customers to harness the benefits of photonic integration, as well as to build up on our providers technologies. Our mission spans from the initial work of drafting high-level optical system architectures to the final part of specifying its deepest technical details, all the while under a customized approach to the specific application domain at hand.

VLC Photonics aims at being a fundamental global actor of the complex and evolving photonic integration ecosystem, contributing to the development of synergies among different international players, and to the expansion of photonic integration technologies and the growth of their markets.


BRIGHT Photonics

The mission of BRIGHT Photonics is making photonics IC (PIC) technology accessible to product
developers and researchers. Typically, we operate as an intermediate company between foundry services
and application developers. Our ambition is being your “in house” partner on the path from
application idea to packaged PIC prototype, or anywhere along this path where you need it.

Services we offer are based on:

  • Experience with 20+ foundries
  • Designing 100+ PICs
  • Participating in 20+ MPWs
  • 100+ design modules installed
 

Software

 

PhoeniX Software

We enable easy and cost-effective realization of integrated photonics chips and systems, by means of our internally developed superior products and services. Our customers range from large OEM's to start-ups and include some of the world’s top universities and research institutes. As the leader in Photonic IC design solutions, we will continue to develop the market by anticipating market demand and customer needs. In combination with our strategic partnerships, this results in offering world class design flows and access to all relevant fabrication technologies for our customers.

PhoeniX Software is an independent high-tech company head-quartered in Enschede (the Netherlands) developing, supplying and supporting world class software solutions for micro and nano technology corporations and institutes. Founded in 2003, PhoeniX Software supports organizations to improve quality, reduce time to market and enhance research by offering unique and highly integrated software solutions, training and customer support. Every single member of the PhoeniX Software team is dedicated and driven to create innovative software solutions based on customer needs and expectations.


VPIphotonics

VPIphotonics™ sets the industry standard for end-to-end photonic design automation comprising design, analysis and optimization of components, systems and networks.

We provide professional simulation software supporting requirements of active/passive integrated photonics and fiber optics applications, optical transmission system and network applications, as well as cost-optimized equipment configuration.

Our team of experts provides professional consulting services addressing customer-specific design, analysis and 0ptimization requirements, and delivers training courses on adequate modeling techniques and advanced software capabilities.

VPIphotonics' award-winning off-the-shelf and customized solutions are used extensively in research and development, and by product design and marketing teams at hundreds of corporations worldwide.

 


Filarete

Filarete S.r.l. is a company born from the experience in integrated photonic devices of the Optical Communication Group at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Filarete S.r.l. has ASPIC, the first analytic simulator for photonic integrated circuits.

Aspic™ is a fast and accurate simulator for the analysis, the modeling and the design of photonics integrated circuits.

In Aspic™, circuits are built as a collection of building blocks that do not require the description at physical level. Its model-based approach allows a high abstraction level, focusing on circuit functionality and performance.

Arbitrary large circuits are conceived, designed, analyzed and translated in mask layouts with few clicks.


Photon Design

Photon Design was started in 1992 to provide professional quality software to the photonics industry. At this time most laboratories and companies were developing their own in-house software - a strategy that clearly provides maximum flexibility but that has now become too expensive for all but the largest companies to fund. We have been growing our product range steadily since 1992 and now provide a wide range of photonics tools off the shelf, encompassing both active and passive photonics components. Much to our pride, our products are now in use by a wide number of telecoms companies and laboratories around the world, helping to develop the next generation of telecoms components. With our extensive experience in modelling we are also able to develop custom solutions for your special requirements based on components we already have and are happy to add modifications to our standard products.

We have a team of the brightest people dedicated to developing new ways to solve even the most difficult of your theoretical problems. 

 

Packaging

 

Linkra

Linkra is a diversified technology company which offers a broad range of products and services (design, engineering, manufacturing and repair) in particular for the Telecom, Aerospace and Defense markets.

Linkra puts a strong emphasis on quality (ISO 9001 certification), safety, security and environmental aspects to fit with the customers qualification processes. Linkra is certified ISO 9001:2008 and TL9000.

Linkra takes care about the protection of the Environment and puts in place all necessary actions to ensure that its activities do not bring additional environmental impacts, by controlling the consumption of natural resources, and the attention of the compliance with the regulations governing hazardous substances to humans and the environment. In addition, the management of the waste isimplemented in such a way as to ensure that they cannot interfere with the environment, and with a management oriented to recovery, reuse and recycling of materials, in order to ensure a greater degree of protection of human health and the environment.
Linkra is certified ISO 14001:2004 since 2006.


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Technobis

Technobis is a group of companies providing development and supply of high-tech instruments and modules for companies worldwide.

Technobis targets small, medium and large sized companies, universities and other knowledge institutes, mostly in Europe but with the desire to go worldwide.

Technobis seeks opportunities for contract research, supply to larger (OEM) companies, system and application development through international development programs, challenged by fundamental limits. Such contracts are served in many cases by assistance of strategic alliances mostly in high-tech industry, aerospace, automotive and medical markets.