Eindhoven, The Netherlands During King Willem-Alexander’s visit to the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven on…
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
During King Willem-Alexander’s visit to the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven on April 20, he gained insight into the value chain of integrated photonics in the Netherlands and Europe from various perspectives. This emerging chip technology is accelerating thanks to a €1.1 billion program led by PhotonDelta. With demonstrations at Holst Centre and roundtable discussions at PhotonDelta, the King learned about the essence of the technology, its applications, and its importance for the future of the Netherlands and Europe.
Ewit Roos, CEO of PhotonDelta, is very pleased with the day’s outcome.
Ewit Roos, CEO at PhotonDelta
The King’s visit is a tremendous honor for the ecosystem. It underlines once again the importance of integrated photonics for our country. We told him about the applications of integrated photonics for innovations in medical diagnostics, autonomous driving, the agricultural sector, and data communications. PhotonDelta and Holst Centre are central to the development of this new value chain. For the King, this was certainly a wonderful opportunity to get the most complete picture possible of the quality of the unique position of the ecosystem and all the opportunities that still lie ahead.
Photonics is all about the interaction between light (photons) and matter. Through photonics, data can be transmitted at the speed of light, reducing energy consumption and increasing efficiency. Integrated photonic chips, considered a key technology worldwide, enable the development of smaller, faster, and energy-efficient devices. This will lead to innovations that will help solve the major challenges of our time and contribute to a healthy and sustainable future.
National Growth Fund
The Netherlands has recognized the opportunities of integrated photonics through the National Growth Fund. PhotonDelta, the ecosystem of organizations in photonic chip technology, has mobilized public and private investment totaling 1.1 billion euros through this fund to transform the Netherlands into a leader in the next generation of semiconductors.
The investment consists of 470 million euros through the growth fund, with the rest coming from other partners and stakeholders. It is all part of the Dutch government’s plan to strengthen the country’s position as a world leader in integrated photonics.
Demonstrations and Roundtable Discussion
The King first visited Holst Centre, a collaboration between the research centers imec and TNO. Researchers from different disciplines develop new technology for photonic chips and prototypes that companies can use for their production process and new products.
The King was given a tour of Holst Centre’s laboratory and attended demonstrations of the application of photonics in various sectors. Representatives from Signify, EFFECT Photonics, Delta Diagnostics, Quix Quantum, and Lionix explained the different stages in the value chain. During this tour, the main focus was on the applications that help solve society’s critical challenges.
Integrated photonics is one of the pillars of Holst Centre’s strategy. By combining the expertise of imec and TNO, many aspects needed in the development and production process can be offered, such as design, prototyping, testing, and manufacturing. We combine the photonic microchip technology of imec in Belgium, the complementary photonic platforms in the Netherlands, the design expertise of imec in the Netherlands, and the optics and systems integration knowledge of TNO to help develop new sustainable solutions in different industries.Kathleen Philips, director of imec at Holst Centre
The subsequent visit to PhotonDelta, also at the High Tech Campus, began with a presentation on the ecosystem. In recent years, PhotonDelta has grown this community from 12 to 60 stakeholders who together form a value chain that conceives, develops, and makes photonic chips and solutions based on them. The roundtable discussion covered topics such as industrialization, application technology, and European cooperation. Phix Photonics Assembly, Smart Photonics, and Trumpf Photonics Components addressed the challenges and possible solutions in scaling up the most crucial industrialization processes. Following this talk, Synopsys NL and NXP discussed the challenges around application strategies: creating a library of easy-to-use building blocks for new applications. Finally, the European playing field came into focus through PhotonDelta itself and the Ministry of Economic Affairs. This covered Europe’s ambitions around strategic autonomy and the impact of the European Chips Act. Photonic chips have been designated as a key technology by the European Commission. Security of supply for digital technology is the guiding principle in the Chips Act.
Strategic autonomy does not mean developing a copy of the global semiconductor value chain in Europe, but taking unique European positions in these chains where we can be ‘world-class’. This implies interdependence through quality and capacity rather than taking over one-to-one what is already happening elsewhere. Integrated photonics is one such position where Europe can excel.Ton van Mol, Director TNO at Holst Centre
PhotonDelta is an ecosystem of organizations that conceive, develop and make solutions based on photonic chips. PhotonDelta supports the system by stimulating collaboration between stakeholders, providing funding, and connecting them to the market.
About Holst Centre
Holst Centre, a collaboration of imec and TNO, brings together expertise in wireless sensor technologies and flexible electronics under one roof. The sharing of specific knowledge in an open structure enables the alignment of research and innovation with societal issues in health and vitality, energy and climate, and mobility and industry 5.0.
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Tunable SFP+ modules powered by photonics System-on-Chip (SoC) technology successfully tested on live Dutch network…
Tunable SFP+ modules powered by photonics System-on-Chip (SoC) technology successfully tested on live Dutch network for increased capacity, network efficiency and maintenance cost savings.
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
VodafoneZiggo, the second largest mobile telecommunications company in the Netherlands, has teamed up with EFFECT Photonics to bring 5G connectivity to its existing mobile networks utilizing photonic system-on-chips (SoCs). EFFECT Photonics’ SoC technology and tunable SFP+ modules, first tested in the 5G Hub in the High Tech Campus at Eindhoven and now in the field on a live VodafoneZiggo network, represent a significant transformation of mobile access networks.
The successful results of both trials demonstrate how photonics can be utilized to improve network performance, capacity and efficiency, while requiring significantly less energy. For the past 30 years, telecommunications networks and equipment have been based on traditional electronic and fiber optics hardware. While electronics technology has undergone many developments over the decades, integrated photonics are best suited for 5G networks and beyond in order to meet the insatiable demand for data, network capacity and lower network latency. As photonic SoCs transmit and process data based on light signals, they significantly improve the performance of mobile networks, while requiring less energy.
The successful tests conducted in the field by VodafoneZiggo are a significant milestone and have confirmed the maturity and benefits of EFFECT Photonics Tunable SFP+ and NarroWave technology that can be expected in terms of cost savings, performance improvements and network service quality. VodafoneZiggo is the first telecom provider in the Netherlands to test this technology in a live network. The telecom link involved, services a 10 Gbps 40km backhaul DWDM connection between the cities of Breda and Etten-Leur, located in the southwest of the Netherlands.
Using EFFECT Photonics’ tunable SFP+ modules in DWDM networks can have an enormous impact in ease of deployment and saving costs. During the setup and installation of the technology, we immediately noticed that the NarroWave automatic tuning feature is a game-changer for upgrading networks in a timely and efficient manner. If we multiply this time-saving with the number of lanes per DWDM link and the number of links used in the Netherlands, the technology choice becomes simpleJan-Willem Winters, Technical Manager, VodafoneZiggo.
We are delighted to partner with VodafoneZiggo to help bring 5G connectivity to the Netherlands. The recent successful testing of EFFECT Photonics’ SoC on a live mobile network further demonstrates the benefits that can be achieved with photonics technology and how easily and cost-effectively network capacity can be upgraded.Joost Verberk, Director of Product Management at EFFECT Photonics.
About EFFECT Photonics
EFFECT Photonics SFP+ Modules and NarroWave Technology Based on Indium Phosphide technology, the EFFECT Photonics 10 Gbps Narrow Tunable SFP+ Transceiver Module leverages the company’s unique Photonics Integrated Circuit (PIC) technology. It features EFFECT Photonics NarroWave technology, which allows operators to set up, monitor and control remote SFP+ modules from the central office, without making any hardware or software changes in the field.
VodafoneZiggo is a leading Dutch company that provides fixed, mobile and integrated communication and entertainment services to consumers and business. As of March 31, 2022, we have over 5 million mobile, over 3 million video and fixed broadband internet and approximately 2 million fixed telephony subscribers. Approximately 7,000 people are employed by VodafoneZiggo. The Vodafone Ziggo offices are located in Utrecht, Amsterdam, Maastricht, Hilversum, Leeuwarden, Groningen, Nijmegen, Helmond and Rotterdam. www.vodafoneziggo.nl
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