Photonics Integrated Circuits Value Chain

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GlobalFoundries is a full-service semiconductor foundry founded in 2009 that manufactures integrated circuits in high volume for semiconductor companies. With a headquarters in Silicon Valley, GlobalFoundries has operations spread throughout North America, Europe and Asia facilitated by more than 13,000 employees. Its three 300mm fabrication facilities and five 200mm fabrication facilities provide the full range of process technologies from mainstream to the leading edge. The company is also active in developing semiconductors through collaboration with technology partners as well as customers.
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Google is a world-leading technology company. Google provides a variety of products and services, including search engine services (Google Search), productivity tools (Gmail, Hangouts, Google Calendar, Drive, Docs, etc.), enterprise products (Google Search Appliance), advertising (Google Analytics, AdWords, AdSense) and more. Google also launched in 2011 its Google+ social networking service to connect people who share similar interests.
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GTRAN is a high-speed transponders, transceivers, components and ICs provider and designer. Its high-performance broadband connectivity products are applied throughout the long haul, metro and access networks. GTRAN's products include 10G 300 Pin Transponders, XFP Transceivers, and SFP+ Transceivers; 40G 300 Pin Transponders, Intergrated Circuits, and Recievers; 100G Integrated Circuits; and Specialty Optics, including High Performance InGaAs Photodiodes (950-1650 nm), Fabry-Perot (FP) Lasers, Super Luminescent Diodes (SLDs) and ELEDs.
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Hewlett-Packard Company is an information technology and services company from the US with a global presence that delivers hardware, software as well as services to a wide range of clientele ranging from consumers to SMBs and big enterprises. Known for providing system integration communication services, HP provide end-to-end enterprise integration solutions, combining HP products and services with software from leading application providers, such as SAP, Siebel, PeopleSoft, Oracle, and Adobe. Implementation and Enterprise Integration services offered by HP include: infrastructure services, assessment, deployment, and HP Output Management Solution Production Readiness Review (PRR).
Huawei, founded in 1987, is an entirely employee-owned private company and a leading global information and communications technology: ICT solutions provider with a vision to enrich life through communication. Through the company’s 150,000 employees and dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, Huawei has established end-to-end capabilities across the carrier networks, enterprise and consumer markets by providing competitive solutions and services, which have been deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one-third of the world’s population.
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International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is recognised as a leader in manufacturing and marketing of hardware and software for computers. IBM is the world's largest technology and consulting company, having a world-wide presence in about 170 countries and empowered by 400,000 employees. IBM is known for providing enterprise application integration services that help clients design, develop and implement scalable, extensible, structured enterprise architect integration (EAI) framework designed to run on the Windows Server platforms.
IHP performs R&D in the fields of silicon-based systems, highest-frequency integrated circuits, and technologies for wireless and broadband communication. The focus of research at the institute is oriented towards issues relevant for business, resulting in applications for telecommunications, semiconductor and automotive industries, aerospace, telemedicine, and automation technologies. The institute has developed into a competence center for silicon-germanium technologies. In recent years, IHP is dedicating considerable efforts to photonic frontend integration with its high-performance BiCMOS technology. The objective is to provide high-performing BiCMOS electronics co-integrated with photonics building blocks such as SOI-waveguides, Germanium photo-detectors, and modulators to academic and industrial users.
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imec is a world leader in nano-electronics and nano-technology research. imec's research is focused on application in healthcare, smart electronics, sustainable energy, and safer transport. imec offers a platform with integrated silicon photonics (ISIPP25G) targeted at the telecom, datacom and medical diagnostics industries. imec's platform allows development of cost-effective silicon photonic ICs for: High-performance optical transceivers (25Gb/s and beyond) for telecom and access networks; Optical sensing (gas, pressure, strain) and read-out ICs; Biomolecule detection, drug development, point-of-care diagnostics. Several spin-offs were also formed based on imec expertise, including Caliopa, Luceda Photonics, and Trinean. Based in Leuven, Belgium, the research center also has offices spread in the Netherlands, USA, Taiwan, India, Japan and China. Its 2,000-plus staff include a roster of more than 600 industrial residents and guest researchers.
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InPACT is a manufacturer and seller of InP single crystal wafers for the use in telecommunications and microelectronics fields known as one of the biggest Western InP wafer producer. Applications include: fiber optics network components including DWDM lasers, VCSELs, pump lasers, PIN and APD diodes, and amplifiers; high speed electronics circuit using HBT, HEMT for fiber optics, wireless and space communication and automotive applications. Through its proprietary Epiready technology (EPICLEAN), the company is strategically positioned to be a dominant supplier of InP substrates. With a headquarters in the French Alps, InPACT's production facility is in Moûtiers (near Grenoble).
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Intel Corporation is the largest maker of semiconductor chip in the world. The multinational company was founded in 1968 and has 107,600 employees worldwide. Intel currently manufactures devices applied in communications and computing, including processors, boards, chipsets, solid-state drivers, server products, networking and communications devices. Intel designs platforms to enable optimized user computing solution. Intel is also active in innovation and has been collaborating with academic communities throughout the world to foster research and development.
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Intelligent Epitaxy Technology, Inc. (IntelliEPI) is a supplier of epitaxy-based compound semiconductor epi-wafers to the electronics and optoelectronics industries. IntelliEPI uses a patented real-time in situ growth monitoring technology on molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) systems for the manufacturing of epi-wafers on GaAs and InP substrates. IntelliEPI's proprietary in-growth sensor technology and MBE growth experience makes it unique. The company performs in situ analysis on growth parameters, such as, layer thickness, composition, and growth rates to optimize each growth run to supply customers with best quality and inexpensive epi-wafers. IntelliEPI is also active in collaborating with clients in order to develop for them next-generation products.
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INNOLUME is the world-leading provider of quantum dots based optoelectronic devices. The company’s industry-proven product range covers diode lasers, LEDs, Gain Chips and SOAs in the quantum dot specific wavelength range around 1064nm-1320nm for numerous applications in the communications: e.g. Raman Amplification, medical: e.g. physio-therapy and instrumentation: e.g. confocal microscopes/frequency doubling. Additionally the company offers a revolutionary Comb-Laser, a single-laser WDM source in the O-band region for use in hi-speed datacom applications.
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Recognised as a pioneer in Intelligent Transport Networks, Infinera offers a number of optical networking solutions. The company was founded in 2000 and has gained the reputation as the first to commercialize large-scale Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs). Infinera Intelligent Transport Networks enable network operators to create rich end-user experiences based on efficient, high-capacity transport. Its 100G and 500G Photonic Integrated Circuit technology has received various awards.
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IQE uses advanced crystal growth technology: epitaxy to manufacture and supply bespoke semiconductor wafers: 'epi-wafers' to the major chip manufacturing companies, who then use these wafers to make the chips which form the key components of virtually all high technology systems. IQE is unique in being able to supply wafers using all of the leading crystal growth technology platforms. IQE's products are found in consumer, communication, computing and industrial applications, including a complete range of wafer products for the wireless industry, such as mobile handsets and wireless infrastructure, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, base stations, GPS, and satellite communications, optical communications, optical storage: CD, DVD, laser optical mouse, laser printers & photocopiers, thermal imagers, leading-edge medical products, barcode, high efficiency LEDs and a variety of advanced silicon based systems.
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JDSU designs and manufactures optical products and test and measurement solutions for the communications industry. JDSU, known formerly as JDS Uniphase, has its headquarters in Milpitas, California. JDSU's solutions are indispensable to enabling a wide range of products. Among its field of specialties are communications solutions for telecom, wireless and cable markets, lasers for macro and micro machining, core optics for gesture recognition, and authentication technology for currency and pharmaceuticals. The company is also a leader in tunable XFPs, transport blades, and reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers (ROADMs).
JePPIX is a broker that assists organizations around the globe to get access to advanced fabrication processes for Photonic Integrated Circuits. JePPIX aims at low-cost development of Photonic ICs and rapid prototyping via 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 IC design houses. With JePPIX you can get access to the Indium Phosphide: InP-based monolithic integration platforms of Oclaro, Fraunhofer HHI and SMART Photonics and the low-loss dielectric TriPleX waveguide technology of LioniX.
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Juniper Networks is a developer and marketer of networking products, such as, routers, software-defined networking technology, switches, network security products and network management software. The company firmly believes that network is the most significant vector for knowledge, understanding, and human advancement the world has ever known. Juniper provides service to a wide range of customers, including the 100 biggest service providers in the world, large financial institutions, energy and utility companies, educational and healthcare institutions, and government entities.
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JX Nippon Mining & Metals is primarily involved in developing and mining of non-ferrous metal resources. It is also active in smelting and refining, and marketing of non-ferrous metals, such as copper, gold and silver. JX Nippon Mining also manufactures electro-deposited and treated rolled copper foils, precision-rolled copper, copper-alloy, and special steel products, and thin film materials, such as, sputtering targets, surface treatment agents, and compound semiconductor materials. JX Nippon Mining's thin film materials are used in applications like semiconductor, flat panel display, and data storage. The company's head office is in Tokyo, Japan and it has operating sites in Australia and Chile.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was established in In October 2009 by a merger of Universität Karlsruhe (TH, founded in 1825) and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (founded in 1956). The KIT pursues both the mission of a university with teaching and research tasks and the mission of a national research center of the Helmholtz Association conducting program-oriented provident research. Within these missions, KIT is operating along the three strategic fields of action of research, teaching, and innovation. With about 9400 employees, including 6000 staff members in the science and education sector, and 24,500 students, KIT is one of the biggest research and education institutions in Europe. KIT is involved in various international projects, e. g of the EU and other international partners.
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Keysight Technologies is an electronic measurement company producing test and measurement equipment and software. Keysight traces its origins from HP and Agilent Technologies. Keysight provides solutions used in wireless communications, aerospace and defense and semiconductor markets with world-class platforms, software and consistent measurement science. Keysight's solutions are a vital aid to engineers, researchers and scientists who rely on precision measurements. Among its products are electronic design automation (EDA) software, multimeters, oscilloscopes, signal generators, logic analyzers, vector network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, atomic force microscopes (AFM), automated X-ray inspection (5DX), automated optical inspection as well as in-circuit testers.
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Linkra leads in the support of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) in the design, manufacture and integration of electronic products. Based in Milan, Italy, the company’s manufacturing services aim to optimize the manufacturing process, support client on prototyping and pre-series activity for new products, and perform design to cost program effectiveness. Linkra also performs repair services with its repair capabilities cover the complete range of TLC technologies wireless, wire-line, data, optical, transmission and microwaves. Its microtechnologies division, Linkra Microtech, develops and manufactures Microwave Transceivers and RF Filters/Diplexers from 2 GHz to 80 GHz primarily geared for the telecommunications market.
LioniX is a provider in development and small to high volume production of innovative products based on micro/nano system technology: MNT and MEMS. Its core technologies are integrated optics and micro-fluidics. LioniX’s customers operate in telecom, industrial process control, life sciences and space markets and include OEM's, multinationals, VC start-up companies as well as research institutions from around the world. LioniX offers design to manufacturing and horizontal integration by partnering with MEMS/MST foundries and suppliers of complementary technologies, such as in: food biotech/genomics, chemistry/pharmaceuticals and water technology. The combination of micro-fluidics and integrated optics gives LioniX expertise in the emerging area of Lab-on-a-Chip. LioniX has its own clean-room facilities with equipment for the proprietary technology and dedicated test/analysis equipment for integrated optics and micro-fluidic devices.
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Luceda Photonics offers software and services for photonics designers. The company is a spin-off of imec and is based in Belgium. IPKISS, Luceda's main product, is a complete design framework for photonic integrated circuits taking you through component design and simulation, circuit definition and layout, all the way to tape-out and testing. Its services include front-end design (design of (sub)circuits and development of device models), layout (support on fab-specific layout implementation for faster turn-around-time), and tape-out (help in applying fab design rules and getting design to tape-out). Luceda's expertise in the development of process design kits (PDK) and the design and validation of photonic integrated circuits helps R&D industries and research institutions throughout the globe.
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Lumerical delivers photonic design software known for pioneering ground-breaking simulation technologies that help bring new photonic and optoelectronic product concepts to life. From the first 3D computer-aided design environment aimed at microscale and nanoscale optics, to the most robust parallel computation tool for microscale optics available today, Lumerical empowers their academic, government research lab and FORTUNE Global 500 customers with best-in-class solutions to innovate across the biomedical, display technology, communication, optical storage, semiconductor manufacturing and solid-state lighting industries. Lumerical’s photonic design tools are designed to be applied in various applications, including nanophotonics, photonic integrated circuits, plasmonics, metamaterials, photonic crystals & diffractive optics, particle & surface scattering, microscopy & lithography and more. Lumerical is also active in collaborating with scientists and researchers, providing licenses to high-performance computing centers to further photonics research.
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Luxtera Inc. is a California-based semiconductor company offering silicon CMOS photonics. Luxtera’s CMOS Photonics™ devices are fully integrated with CMOS electronics and are also orders of magnitude smaller (and hence in many cases faster) than traditional photonic elements. It has been the pioneer in building photonic solutions that is truly “fabless”. Luxtera’s products are designed scale up not just in their ability to move huge amounts of data from one chip to another (with virtually no regard to distance or bandwidth), but also to leverage Moore’s Law to build exponentially increasing amounts of data processing inside the network interface itself.
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Mellanox Technologies supplies end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability. Products include the following: adapters, switches, software and silicon that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services. Mellanox Technologies was formed in 1999 and currently has offices in Sunnyvale, California and Yokneam, Israel.
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Mentor Graphics is a leading electronic design automation (EDA) company that offers software and hardware design solutions for the quick and cost-effective development of high-quality electronic products. The solutions provided by Mentor Graphics help in overcoming design challenges in the area of board and chip design. Mentor Graphics' is the only EDA company with an embedded software solution. With a headquarters in Wilsonville, Oregon, the company has 5,200 employees worldwide that help in marketing its products and services to enterprises involved in aerospace, computer, communications, consumer electronics, semiconductor, transportation, multimedia, and networking.
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