In a nutshell

InP photonic integrated circuits (PICs) offer game changing performance capabilities across multiple market sectors. Alas, the possibilities have so far been restricted to a small number of vertically-integrated technology businesses. Europe boasts tens of innovative businesses who are positioned to develop PIC-enabled technologies, but – alas again – they do not have access to mature, fast-turnaround predictable, high performance production.

The JePPIX Pilot Line is a manufacturing pilot line for InP PICs which will transform the PIC industry from a vertically integrated model with all skills in-house within a small number of specialized businesses, to an open-access horizontal model accessible to all European innovators. InPulse puts in place the technological and operational processes to:

  1. Accelerate the uptake of PIC technology in new markets: enabling SMEs to create tens of products in markets where PICs have not be used before;
  2. Enable sustainable production in Europe creating aligned, scalable and inter-locking services and value chains;
  3. Accelerate time to market from years to under 24 months with predictive design for fewer and faster product design cycles;
  4. Qualify foundry processes, to TRL7, sharing process optimization across products.


The JePPIX Pilot Line combines low entrance-threshold, mature-manufacturing to enable tens of European PIC innovators. Its partners already play a pioneering role in open access InP PICs. The technology is available for experimental prototypes through JePPIX.

The JePPIX Pilot Line enable high TRL development in a scalable design kit driven process, driving open access InP PICs from proof of concept to industrial prototyping and pre-production. The Pilot Line is validated by:

  • A “Pilot Line Validation Program” with two Participants stretching performance

  • A “Demonstrator Open Call” program enabling external users to take thirty designs to pre-production

  • High frequency open access calls, sustainable beyond the end of the project

Follow the links below to learn more about JePPIX and the Pilot Line:

  • Technology: Learn more about how PIC technology can solve your challenges
  • Prototyping: Get started with the regular shared-cost MPW shuttle runs
  • Meet us: Meet the Pilot Line at events, conferences or workshops
  • Register for regular updates on the latest JePPIX developments


The JePPIX pilot line is supported by the EU InPulse project. Read more about the grant details here.

Start date: January 1, 2019

Duration of the project: 48 months

The InPulse project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824980.