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JePPIX MPW Platforms

JePPIX offers platforms created from InP integrated photonics and the TriPleX platfrom, although not Silicon photonics. Each has there own distinctive advantage and a comparison table is offered below.

Select the technology that suits your needs best. If you have an idea on what building blocks are required for your circuit, use the comparison table below to help you in your selection. JePPIX members receive independent advice to help in making the right selection. Contact us to discuss the possibilities and help you make your selection.

Building Block

Passive components•••••••
Polarisation components••••
Phase modulators•••••
Electro - absortion modulators•••••
Optical amplifiers•••HH
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Fabrication Technology

If additional expert advice is required to compare different foundry processes and their adequacy to the target application, this can be provided by professional design houses.

TriPlex Platform

The TriPleX platform offers low-loss straight waveguides, bends, S-bends, offsets, splitters, spot size converters, lateral tapers and thermo-optic phase shifters.

For example, combinations of these building blocks allow the creation of microwave photonics ASPICs by combining Mach-Zehnders and micro ring resonators. The current platform has guaranteed losses below 0.5 dB/cm. Further technical information on Triplex MPW’s is posted on the new Lionix International website

InP Platform

JePPIX offers a low cost access to the production of InP based chips.

InP offers amplification and laser sources which are monolithically integrated on chip. No need for complex assembly steps. Additionally InP offers efficient modulators and detectors as well as a broad range of passive waveguide structures and devices. The latest capability overview is shown in the table below.

PDK extension for SMART Photonics

Besides the building blocks shown below, a PDK extension is available via TU/e: tuesmartx. This PDK contains TU/e extension building blocks for SMART Photonics. Such building blocks are used in the same way as regular building blocks from the foundry.

Examples of building blocks provided by tuesmartx are MMI couplers with different splitting ratios, (tunable) lasers and arrayed waveguide gratings. It requires the (n+) MPW PDK from SMART Photonics. The extension is free for MPW use.

Click the button below to read more details about these extension building blocks.

CategoryComponentSpecificationFraunhofer HHISMART Photonics
Lasers and AmplifiersSOAGain92 cm-1@7000A/cm226 dB/mm
Saturation Power13 dBm13dBm
DBR gratingTuning range4 nm1 nm (uniform, not optimized)
DFB laserTuning range4 nmOn request
Output power10 mW @ 150 mA> 10 mW @ 100 mA
Small signal Bandwidth20 GHz @ 100 mA
DBR laserTuning range50 nmOn request
Output power20 mW @ 150 mA> 10 mW @ 100 mA
Linewidth<1 MHz
Thermally tuneable sampled grating DBRTuning range5 nm
Isolation sectionYesYes
Broad band reflectors1x2 MMI reflectorLoss*2 dB
1x1 MMI reflectorLoss*2 dB
Polarization devicesPolarization splitterLoss2 dB*
PER25 dB
Polarization converter 90°Loss2 dB*
PER20 dB
Polarization converter 45°Loss2 dB
PhotodiodesPIN photodiode3 dB bandwidth45 GHz18 GHz (RF pin diode) / >25 GHz on request
Dark current2 nA @ -2 dV< 25 nA @ -2 V Bias (DC pin diode)
Sensitivity0.8 A/W0.85 A/W
Balanced detector
3 dB bandwidth30 GHz
Coming with HHI20
Dark current2 nA @ -2 dV
Sensitivity0.8 A/W
ModulatorsThermo-optic phase modulatorLoss2 dB/cm*
I(PI) x L20 mA x mm
Current injection phase modulatorLoss2dB for 100-200 um<0.5 dB for 2mm
I(PI) x L20 mA x mmt.b.d.
Electro-Optical phase modulatorLoss4 dB<0.5 dB for 2mm
Bandwidth30 GHz15 GHz
V(PI) 4 V5 V
Electro-Absorption modulatorEO Bandwidth20 GHz> 55 GHz
ER / length10 dB / 100 µm> 6 dB
Spot size converterSpot size converter for edge couplingLoss waveguide to SSMF is 1.5 dBLateral taper
Passive waveguidesStraight WaveguideLoss<2 dB/cm1.5 dB/cm
(shallow and deep)
Arc waveguideMinimal radius150 um;100 um
Curved deep waveguideLoss0.1 dB/90 deg
Tapered waveguideLoss2 dB/cm2 dB/cm
Couplers and Filters1x2 MMI couplerLoss0.5 dB0.5 dB (typical) max 1 dB
2x2 MMI couplerLoss0.5 dB0.5 dB (typical) max 1 dB
Directional couplerLoss0.5 dB
Linear grating
Coupling factor300 / cm
Coming with HHI20
Tuning range (thermal or EO)4 nm
Sampled gratingCoupling factor300 / cm
Coming with HHI20
FSRdesigned by customer
* Building blocks under development.