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Integrated photonics

With a proven track record in advanced silicon photonics, R&D, and a state-of-the-art integrated silicon photonics and silicon nitride photonics platform, imec is your ideal development partner in realizing your silicon photonics solution.


Our cutting-edge optical devices are processed at wafer scale in our in-house 200mm and 300mm CMOS pilot lines. They include high performance devices for light modulation, switching, coupling, filtering and detection at data rates of 50GB/s and beyond.

Use qualified reference components from our device library or explore your own custom silicon photonic designs implemented in our platform. Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) runs enable you to cost-efficiently manufacture silicon photonics devices with cutting-edge performance.

Click on the topics below to explore our state-of-the-art silicon photonics portfolio for research and development including prototyping and low-volume manufacturing:

Silicon photonic ICs for prototyping

Discover imec’s versatile high-performance silicon photonics platform, iSiPP, which enables competitive ICs for short reach optical interconnects. 

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Next-generation silicon photonics

Discover imec’s research into fully CMOS-compatible silicon-based optical links for datacom network, backplane, board, interposer and chip-level interconnects.

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Silicon photonics design

Integrate silicon photonics in your computing or communication platform.

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Want to boost your next-gen photonic applications? Imec is looking into high-performance integrated photonics electro-optic devices (HI-PED) to increase the performance of silicon photonics.

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Silicon nitride-based photonics

Take advantage of imec's 200-mm commercial platforms for the dedicated development of your SiN-based photonic ICs.

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H2020 MORPHIC project

In the H2020 MORPHIC project we develop a new class of programmable optical chips enabled by a combination of MEMS technology and Silicon Photonics. These chips can dramatically shorten the prototyping and deployment cycle of new photonic applications. More info on:


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