Photonics continues to be a key driver for growth, with photonics-based products permeating all aspects of our daily lives from everyday connectivity to household sensors. As the number of photonic devices explodes, the industry is transitioning from discrete components to integrated components known as photonic Integrated circuits (PIC).
A PIC workshop took place during OFC Conference 2014 in San Francisco, California (US), which provided practical information regarding the design considerations, material choices, and manufacturing processes needed to create PICs. Fabrication service providers, ePIXfab, OpSIS, JePPIX and LioniX presented first set of talks, representing institutions such as Imec, IME, IHP, LETI, VTT, Fraunhofer, Oclaro, Smart Photonics and others. Presentations from software tools providers, PhoeniX, Mentor, and Si2 followed. The session was concluded with presentation from design service providers, VLC Photonics, and Bright Photonics.