The Eindhoven University of Technology is the National Centre of the Netherlands for Research on III/V semiconductors and optoelectronics. It hosts the COBRA Research Institute for Optical Communication Technology, which employs more than 150 scientists and technicians working on materials, device and systems research. COBRA is one of the world’s leading institutes in the field of Photonic Integration and holds a number of records on device miniaturisation and integration complexity.
JePPIX (the Joint European Platform for Photonic Integration of Components and Circuits, www.jeppix.eu) was initiated in 2007 by the FP6 Network of Excellence ePIXnet, as a technology platform for providing open access to InP-based photonic integration processes, JePPIX is hosted by the TU Eindhoven. Together with ePIXfab, the silicon photonics platform, it was the first platform to provide open access to advanced photonic integration processes using a foundry model, and the service offered by JePPIX is globally unique: no other organisation provides open access to InP-based foundry processes. JePPIX aims at low-cost development of Application Specific PICs using the generic foundry model, and rapid prototyping via industrial Multi-Project Wafer runs.
JePPIX closely collaborates with Europe’s key players in the field of photonic integration, including manufacturing and packaging partners, photonic CAD software partners, R&D labs and photonic ICs design houses. JePPIX has run two major European projects: the FP6 NMP-SME project EuroPIC and the FP7 ICT Integrating Project Paradigm, which were used to set up an InP-based open-access foundry infrastructure, including standardized foundry processes, Process Design Kits, packaging and test facilities.