The generic foundry approach will cause a revolution in micro and nanophotonics, just as it did in microelectronics thirty years ago. Generic integration causes a dramatic reduction in the entry costs for applying Photonic ICs in novel or improved products and brings them within reach for many SMEs and larger companies.
So far, most applications have been in the field of telecommunications and datacommunications, but presently they are becoming much broader: examples are fibre sensor readout units, gas sensors, medical diagnostics and metrology.
In Europe, three integration technology platforms are active in introducing the generic foundry concept for the major integration technologies in Photonics: JePPIX for InP-based monolithic integration, ePIXfab for silicon photonics, and TriPleX for low- loss dielectric waveguide technology. JePPIX brings together the communities of users, designers and technology providers. It organizes low cost access to Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) runs for InP and TriPleX technology, it organizes design courses, it connects users to chip designers and it reaches out to potential users that are not yet aware of the benefits that photonic ICs can bring them.
In this report, a roadmap for the development of generic InP-based photonic integration technology is presented. Since the publication of the 2012 roadmap significant progress has been made: the first experimental industrial foundry runs were executed, semi commercial access is expected in 2013, process performance and capabilities are steadily being improved, and the interest in participation in experimental foundry runs is larger than we anticipated last year. We expect that the growth of the application market enabled by InP and TriPleX Photonic ICs will be even more rapid than predicted in our 2012 roadmap.