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Based on your technical specifications, VLC Photonics can design a photonic integrated circuit (PIC) that implements the required functionalities on the target platform.

As a fabless and independent design house, we are skilled at the main photonic materials: IIIV semiconductors (InP and GaAs) and Silicon Photonics (thin and thick SOI, SiO2/PLC, Si3N4/TriPleXTM), combining multiple design frameworks and toolboxes. Moreover, VLC Photonics has developed its own proprietary modules and libraries of functional building blocks, guaranteeing always the best performance and optimal design technology match to minimize risks.

VLC Photonics complies with industry standard design techniques for manufacturability, testability and packaging. Moreover, Customers’ intellectual property will always be confidential and secured, and any IP developed through the integration process can be transferred to Customers on demand.


After fabrication, chips from the corresponding foundry can be fully characterized at VLC Photonics’ facilities. Physical as well as functional characterization is performed on the bare dies to evaluate the design performance and the manufacturing process and tolerances. Our labs include digital and analog testing equipment up to 40 GHz and several multi-probe stations with vertical and lateral coupling setups enclosed in clean vaults.

Eventually, if the PIC is also packaged, VLC Photonics can also provide device level testing of the electrical and optical characteristics and performance. This also includes thermal testing, and if required, environmental test and certification through external partners for specific applications (standard telecoms, space, harsh sensing, etc.).

SupportProduct IDPrice, EURDescription
Basic supportVLC-SUP2000*Design review, layout advice for test and packaging, DRC.
Standard cellVLC-DESstarting at 5000Layout for a single MPW cell using only available building blocks at the foundry PDK. This includes standard DC and optical routing. A GDS file with the cell layout and a pdf design report will be provided afterwards.
Custom cellVLC-Customstarting at 10 000**Specs definition, design and layout for a single MPW cell using both the available building blocks at the foundry PDK, and also new custom blocks that may be needed to implement the required circuit. This includes complex electrical (DC/RF) and optical routing. A GDS file with the cell layout and a pdf design report will be provided afterwards.
* -50% Academic discount is applied /
** – 25% Academic discount is applied under the condition of acknowledgement of VLC Photonics in scientific pubblications /
*** For custom design contact: info@vlcphotonics.com
TypeProduct IDPrice, EURDescription
CharacterisationVLC-CHAstarting at 2000VLC will characterize the fabricated photonic integrated circuit, by performing electrical and optical measurements of both building blocks and circuits, ideally supported by test structures. Characterization includes optical and electrical testing of builidng blocks and, when possible, circuit level measurements. A full characterization report will be provided afterwards in electronic pdf format. Prices depend on the number of dies to be measured, the number of structures per die, and the type of measurements for each structure.
– 25% academic discount is available for Universities at the condition of acknoledgement of VLC Photonics in scientific publications