About Paradigm

The JePPIX family: Inter-relationship between programmes EuroPIC and PARADIGM

PARADIGM and EuroPIC are FP7 funded research programmes which are related to the JePPIX platform initiative.

In Photonics, people have been working for several years towards commercial foundry activities for three different technologies, identified as the most important integration technologies by the FP6 Network of Excellence ePIXnet.  Together they cover a large part of the PIC applications space.

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Applications Group

PARADIGM will work with an external Applications Group of interested parties.

The PARADIGM consortium has, through a call for proposals, brought together an Applications Group, with which it will work closely during the course of the project, and which will be expanded through an active dissemination policy.  Periodically, PARADIGM will invite interested parties to join its applications group through open calls by proposing pilot applications.  The term applications partner is applied broadly to any academic group, institute or commercial company, small or large, which has the potential for using PICs in its technology.

PARADIGM will through its applications group address the design requirements of a number of challenging ASPICs to verify the potential of the generic foundry approach in for real applications.  The applications have been selected from the response to an open call for application which has been distributed to a selected set of users via the JePPIX platform and national Photonics Clusters. We were delighted by the level of interest in the foundry runs and the diversity of applications represented.  We will select as large a set of applications as possible, not only to ensure that the platforms are tested against the widest possible range of requirements but also to facilitate dissemination of the generic foundry concept.

Through contact with the consortium potential application partners and users will gain insight into how a generic foundry could work for them, and be given assistance with translating their requirements into an InP technology context in return for feedback on the generic process.

Interaction between the consortium and the partners and users will be policed via a standard two way NDA specifically designed for this purpose. It's contents can be viewed here.

If you are interested in joining our user group for PARADIGM, EuroPIC, or JePPIX then please visit the JePPIX website: www.jeppix.eu

If you are interested in the PARADIGM Applications Group then please contact either David Robbins or Richard Penty, directly.

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The roadmap of microelectronics is focused on progress along the Moore’s law curve.  In Photonics we expect a different development.  It will start with commercial application of ASPICs with a complexity in the range of 5-50 components in rather basic generic foundry processes.  The next step will be an increase in performance and capabilities of the generic processes, e.g. with respect to speed, power consumption and number of basic building blocks supported, which may lead to some increase in the complexity of the chips, but not dramatic.  Once the foundry processes cover a wide range of applications, their steady performance improvement will allow for designing increasingly complex chips.

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How Generic Integration Technology Works

In Silicon micro-electronics a broad range of functionalities is realised from a rather small set of basic building blocks, like transistors, diodes, resistors, capacitors and interconnection tracks.  By connecting these building blocks in different numbers and topologies we can realize a huge variety of circuits and systems, with complexities ranging from a few hundred up to over a billion transistors.  In photonics we can actually do something similar.  On inspection of the functionality of a variety of optical circuits we see that most of them consist of a rather small set of components: lasers, optical amplifiers, modulators, detectors and passive components like couplers, filters and (de)multiplexers.  By proper design these components can be reduced to an even smaller set of basic building blocks.  In a generic integration technology that supports integration of the basic building blocks we can realize a variety of functionalities.

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Generic Platform Technology Development: A breakthrough in Photonic Integration

Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) are considered as the way to make photonic systems or subsystems cheap and ubiquitous.  However, PICs still are several orders of magnitude more expensive than their microelectronic counterparts, and this has restricted their application to a few niche markets.  Paradigm targets a novel approach in photonic integration which will reduce the R&D costs of PICs by more than a factor of ten. It will bring the application of PICs that integrate complex and advanced photonic functionality on a single chip within reach for a large number of small and larger companies.  Europe presently has a world state-of-the-art position and is leading in this novel approach.

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