Photonics Integrated Circuits Value Chain

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Photonics Integrated Circuits Value Chain
This document is divided in two parts: (1) Classification of companies along the PIC value chain, and (2) Short description of each company. The purpose is to have a better understanding of the actors along the PIC value chain. Please send any corrections, improvements, suggestions to – this document was updated 2 May 2015. For the latest version and for more information, please visit
* Silicon Photonics # 3-5 Materials & Both

Phoenix, Lumerical, Photon Design, Luceda, CST, VPI, Synopsis, Mentor Graphics, Optowave, Cadence, Keysight


VLC, Bright Photonics, Luceda, Gtran

Materias - Glue, Gases, Chemicals, …

Materials - Wafers

Soitec*, IQE#, Sumika, Intelli Epi, VPEC, Landmark, Epiworks, Impact, AXT, JX Nippon Mining
Materials - PCB

Vario Optics


Infinera, SMART Photonics#, Oclaro#, HHI#, imec*, LETI*, IHP*, A-STAR, Global Foundries, Freescale, ST Microelectronics*, LioniX, VTT*, CST, CPFC, GCS



Universities, VLC
Packaging Service

Technobis IPPS, Optocap, Aifotec, Gtran, Linkra, Chiral Optics, XiO Photonics, Bay Photonics,

Packaging & Assembly Equipment

ficonTEC, Nanosystec, Finetech, AEI Boston

Manufacturing Equipment

PI, EVG, Multiphoton Optics, Suss MicroTec, SET, Fiberpro, Oxford Instruments, Sentech

Test Service
Test Equipment

Yelo, Newport, Tektronix, PI

Component - passive & active optical components

Oclaro, Vertilas, Effect Photonics, Alight, Optoscribe, Suss MicroOptics, …


Aurrion, Luxtera, CIP (Huawei), Caliopa# (Huawei), Source Photonics, Avago, BrPhotonics#, Skorpios, Finisar*, Opnext, BB Photonics, JDSU, Avago

System Integration

Bosch, NXP, TE Connectivity, Molex, Mellanox, Samtec, Aeponyx

System Integration Communication

IBM, Intel, HP, Alcatel-Lucent, Infinera

System Integration Other

Technobis tft, SATRAX, (OCT companies, terahertz companies, …)


Ciena, Huawei, Coriant, Adva, Bull

Application: Web 2.0

Google, BT, Facebook, Deutsche Telekom, Microsoft


Cisco, Juniper

USA Universities

UCSB, IMIT, Columbia University, UCLA, UC Berkeley, GeorgiaTech


AT&T, Verizon, Ericsson, Amicra, Corning, Fujitsu, NE, Innolume, Teraxion, BASF

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EPIC is the industry association that promotes the sustainable development of organisations working in the field of photonics in Europe. We foster a vibrant photonics ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. EPIC publishes market and technology reports, organizes technical workshops and B2B roundtables, coordinates EU funding proposals, advocacy and lobbying, education and training activities, standards and roadmaps, pavilions at exhibitions.

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ADVA Optical Networking is a major player in the global network connectivity market providing innovative networking solutions based on Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) technology and Ethernet-optimized transport and aggregation technology. ADVA’s FSP 150 Ethernet access solution enables delivery of MEF-certified Carrier Ethernet services and its scalable optical transport products are built on Optical+Ethernet foundation that ensures unhindered future-proof data transport. ADVA’s solutions for high-speed data, storage, voice and video services have been used by hundreds of service providers and thousands of enterprises worldwide for the last 20 years.
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Automation Engineering Incorporated (AEi) has been developing, manufacturing, and offering flexible automation systems for 25 years. AEi is one of the recognized leader in PMAT (photonics module alignment and test machines) and Active Alignment camera module assembly and test systems (CMAT). AEi’s PMAT systems are used to provide precision production, assembly and testing of opto-electronics or photonics packages. Markets covered by AEi’s systems include automotive, mobile, computational, gesture recognition, 3-D, security and medical camera. AEi maintains operations in North America, Europe as well as Asia.
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AEPONYX is a telecommunications equipment manufacturer and solutions provider based in North America dedicated to helping operators of fibre optic networks capitalize on advances in networking technology. AEPONYX specializes in providing WDM-PON technology intended for various applications, including Telco-Grade Carrier Ethernet Access, Business to Private Cloud Connectivity, Wireless Cloud RAN Fronthaul, DWDM Data Center Interconnection, and Passive Optical Distribution for GPON OLT. AEPONYX also uses DWDM muxpanels with SFPs, XFPs and SFP+ to fully enable passive DWDM interconnection between data centers. AEPONYX WDM-PON systems can accommodate 40 circuits of 10 Gbps to share the same pair of dark fiber over true passive distances of up to 80 km at 10 Gbps and up to 200 km on 2.5 Gbps channels.
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Aifotec offers significant and industry-proven experience in a variety of Photonic Development Services and Photonic Manufacturing Services as used in today’s CMOS photonics applications. Aifotec’s Hybrid Integration Technology experience allows packaging solutions across leading-edge process benches, such as glass, ceramic, polymer and silicon, using either laser bonding as well as different gluing technologies. In addition to this know-how, Aifotec provides the equipment for the handling as well as packaging of material from single-die attachment, flip-chip on 6 to 8 inch wafers and pigtailed optical subassemblies.
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Alcatel-Lucent is recognized as a top IP networking, ultra-broadband access, and cloud technology provider in the world. Founded in 2006, Alcatel-Lucent has a 50,000-plus strong workforce that operates in more than 130 nations, addressing various networking needs of service providers, industrial establishments and even governmental institutions. The company's main operating segments include IP Routing, IP Transport, and IP Platforms. Alcatal-Lucent is also active in communications research and development, which is carried out by its subsidiary Bell Laboratories.
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Alight Technologies is a designer and developer of 1300nm Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs). Alight also patented a Photonic BandGap (PBG) technology which it has incorporated to its VCSEL platform that is under development. Its 1300nm VCSEL is expected to have 10.3125 Gbps modulation speed and is primarily intended to be used in applications for datacom and telecom markets, including LAN, optical interconnects, storage area networks as well as fiber telecom access networks. Alight’s PBG technology is generic and may be licensed for use in various applications, such as, printing, sensing, passive optical fiber and consumer electronic applications. The company is open to forging partnerships to develop its patented PBG technology for other applications outside the telecommunication and datacom markets.
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AMICRA Microtechnologies provides cutting-edge microelectronic solutions. The Regensburg, Germany based company manufactures high-precision die bonders and flip chip bonders, wafer inking systems, dispensing and test systems for various microelectronics applications. Amicra’s also produces active optical cable, fan-out, TSV, TCB, process development, semiconductor backend, fiber optic, LED, optoelectronics and MEMS. Amicra has a team of experienced and expert technical and manufacturing professionals that develops advanced micro assembly solutions with focus on 3D construction, concept development, software development, development of prototype systems, precision assembly, process development and process production transfer, process vision systems, image processing systems, customized machine controls, and sampling and small volume production. Through its widespread sales network, Amicra’s products are distributed not only in Europe but also throughout the US and Asia.
AMO is a research service provider for nanofabrication with focused research & development, prototyping and contract manufacturing. AMO offers the entire infrastructure required for nanofabrication for semiconductor based applications and related technologies. AMO competences are nanofabrication, nanoelectronics, nanophotonics and biotechnology. Within many technical fields the employment of nanotechnology is enabling crucial improvements in product properties: Microelectronics is migrating to nanoelectronics and is creating largest storage densities and processor power – in the long term up to quantum devices. Thanks to new nanomaterials and manufacturing methods, integrated optics is developing into nanophotonics with the prospect of fast ”on chip“ optical data processing and the reduction of manufacturing costs. Nanostructures can now be manufactured in the size of biomolecules, thereby opening the possibility of highly exact analytical methods and the coupling of electronics with the biological world. The key to enter the nanocosm is the production technology for smallest structures. AMO’s tools are electrons, photons and economical printing processes (nanoimprint).
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A-Star Photonics is specialist in the field of Projection Display Optical Elements, Crystals Material, Precision Optics & Optical Communication Components. Based in China, A-Star's main lines of production are Flat, Spherical, Crystal and Coating workshop, which it provides to clients primarily in North America, Europe, Israel, Japan and Korea. Products provided by A-Star include BBO/LBO NLO crystals,YVO4 crystal, ND:YVO4 laser chip, LN Wedge,KTP+ND:YVO4(DPM); Wave plates, High-accuracy Windows, High-precision Prism, Glan Polarizer Prism, Polarizing Beamsplitters, NPBS, Laser Mirrors & Filters; High-precision Lenses, Plano Convex and Plano Concave Lens, C-Lens, D-Lens, G-Lens, & Fiber Pigtail.
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AT&T is an American telecommunications company providing fixed phone, mobile phone, high-speed internet, next-generation TV and security services as well as telecommunications equipment to residential and business customers. Its 120 million wireless subscribers in the US receive reliable signal through its 4G LTE network. AT&T is also leading innovations in networking through its AT&T Labs which undertakes research and development of advances in big analytics, cloud services, intelligent systems, and networking and service quality management. The company’s commitment to innovation is truly remarkable as it has been issued about one patent daily in 2014 and has been issued over 10,000 patents throughout the globe.
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Aurrion is a leader in heterogeneous integration for silicon photonic integrated circuits (PICs). A cutting-edge integrated photonic device, Aurrion's hybrid silicon photon integration platform unites photonics and silicon based microsystems, enabling advances by leveraging the capability and low cost of silicon IC manufacturing yet retaining the performance of advanced non-silicon materials and providing a connection between traditional III-V materials used for photonics and silicon in CMOS compatible platform. The Santa Barbara, CA company is now collaborating with system integrators in order to produce systems on chips able to deliver massive ( >10x) reduction in size and weight over discretely implemented designs while providing improved power, cost, and reliability by eliminating unnecessary packaging and optical connections.
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Avago Technologies designs, develops and supplies a wide variety of analog, digital, mixed signal and optoelectronics components and subsystems with a focus in III-V compound and CMOS based semiconductor design and processing. Avago's market include wireless communications, enterprise storage, wired infrastructure, and industrial. Avago fiber optic modules are available in various form factors, including SFP/SFP+, QSFP+, CFP2, CXP, MiniPOD™ and MicroPOD™. The company's optical components compose of lasers, detectors, transmitters, receivers, and modulators in various package options utilizing proprietary Indium Phosphide (InP) optical chip and packaging technologies.
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AXT, Inc. is a designer, developer, manufacturer and distributor of high-performance compound and single element semiconductor substrates comprising gallium arsenide, indium phosphide and germanium. The company's products is used to fabricate integrated circuits for electronic systems that operate the latest fiber optic communications, wireless communications and lighting display applications. Clients of AXT include manufacturers of LEDs, electronic devices for switches and power amplifiers, and laser diodes. AXT is noted for pioneering VGF technology's commercialization more than two decades ago and has maintained its leadership in innovation. Currently, AXT is the only manufacturer that produces germanium substrates using VGF technology. AXT's manufacturing operations is carried out in its main facilities in Beijing, China but its headquarters is in Fremont, CA.
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BASF is a chemical producer based in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Known as one of the biggest chemical companies in the world, BASF also offers various solutions for the electronics industry that are applied in various areas and technologies, such as, display, photovoltaics, solid state lighting, communications, computers, consumer electronics, smart wearable devices and quantum dot display. BASF, for instance, offers a number of solutions for the semiconductor processes including cleaning, etching, photolithography, chemical mechanical planarization (CMP), and wet deposition.
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BB Photonics provides photonic integrated components for high speed data networks that employs a platform technology approach. The company was recently founded in 2014, but its objectives are clear: to develop cost-effective high-speed communication through integrated photonics that will increase efficiency, minimize power, size and deliver needed functionality to optoelectronic devices. The platform approach to the integration of photonics functions BB Photonics is currently developing can be used for various material systems to enable both routing and O/E conversion. Such technology may also be applied to wavelength multiplexing and de-multiplexing and signal routing in both vertical and horizontal directions.

BRIGHT Photonics is a design house for Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) and, together with its partners, is leading the European development in making PICs accessible to (small) businesses, research institutes and universities. The company typically operate as an intermediate company between foundry services and product developers. In addition to full design services, Bright Photonics can support you with advanced photonics libraries in technologies such as InP, SoI, Triplex, glass and polymers. Photonics ICs offer solutions for applications such as Interferometric devices, Transmitters & Receivers (FM, OOK, QAM,), Structural & Medical Sensing (FBG, Raman, Brillouin), Datacom & Telecom (WLAN, LAN, FTTH, WDM, OCDMA,). Contact Bright Photonics for understanding what PICs can do for your product or research. They offer Feasibility, Packaged prototypes, Design layout (libraries and support), and Product-development support and simulations.
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BrPhotonics Produtos Optoeletrônicos is a Brazil-based provider of advanced high-speed compoments for optical communications. Ownership of the company is split between CPqD and GigOptix. CPqD is an independent research institution in Brazil concentrating on innovation in information and communication technologies (ICTs). GigOptix is one of the foremost suppliers of high-speed semiconductor components for end-to-end information streaming over optical and wireless networks. Last 2014, BrPhotonics demonstrated at OFC2014 its 100Gbps integrated TOSA reference platform for CFP2 transceivers.

The Bosch Group is a global supplier of technology and services, active in the fields of automotive technology, energy and building technology, industrial technology, and consumer goods. According to preliminary figures, more than 306,000 associates generated sales of 52.3 billion Euros in 2012. The Bosch Group comprises of Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some 4.5 billion Euros for research and development in 2012, and applied for more than 4,700 patents worldwide. Bosch has several photonics based systems and devices in the market, and the corresponding research and development competences available. The most prominent Bosch products are CCTV vision systems, automotive instrumentation systems, camera based sensors for automotive driver assistance, and optical distance measurement systems.
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Bull is a brand of Atos SE, a multinational IT services company based in France. Bull has a specialized role within Atos. Bull's products include supercomputers, cybersecurity solutions and business servers. Its bullion server is based on a reliable, powerful thus modular architecture – from two and 16 Intel® Xeon® E7 v2 processors and up to 24TB of memory – which allows it to address extreme demands. Bull's Exascale project aims at forging the bridge between HPC, Big Data and Security (including Cyber Security and Missions Critical Systems) to build computers that can process one billion billion operations per second, rivaling the complexity of the human brain.
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BT Group is a leading telecom company based in London that provides communications services to the UK and to about 170 countries. BT's core activities include providing fixed-line services, broadband, mobile and TV products/services and networked IT services. Through its Technology, Service & Operations (TSO) unit, BT manages voice, data and TV networks and IT applications as well as designs and delivers large-scale global managed network services.
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Cadence offers EDA and semiconductor IP. Custom/analog tools by Cadence provide an invaluable tool that assist engineers in designing transistors, standard cells, and IP blocks that compose Systems-on-chips (SoCs). Cadence also offers digital tools that help in the automation of designing and verification of giga-scale, giga-hertz SoCs at the latest semiconductor processing nodes. The company's IP packaging and PCB tools allow designing of entire boards and subsystems. Cadence also offers the following: portfolio of design IP and verification IP for memories, interface protocols, analog/mixed-signal components, and specialized processors, and an integrated suite of hardware/software co-development platforms.

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