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PhotonDelta Opens Institute For Photonic Integration: ‘Big Step Towards A More Durable Future’

April is an important month for PhotonDelta in the Netherlands. Technische Universiteit Eindhoven opened its Institute for Photonic Integration. The institute houses around 300 researchers working on the development of photonics. Ewit Roos, Managing Director at PhotonDelta- an initiative by TU/e, Brainport Development and BOM- looks ahead, to the role of photonics in the future and the increasing interest in photonics by the industries as well as other countries. “The Netherlands as a country is leading in integrated photonics”, Roos says. “However, we have to be on our guard, other countries are gaining knowledge on us.” Like the US...

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Creating a ‘one-stop shop’ for the development of integrated photonic chips

To accelerate the development of the Dutch photonics industry, a ‘one-stop-shop’ for the development and manufacture of integrated photonic chips should be created. Today, Friday, July 13th, PhotonDelta hands over an 8-year plan with that mission to Mona Keijzer, the Netherlands State Secretary for Economic Affairs & Climate. Jonathan Marks spoke with Ewit Roos, Managing Director of PhotonDelta, about the plans and how public and private funds will be allocated later this year. “We have been visiting many photonics companies that make up the entire supply chain. For many, a financial stimulus is needed to allow these companies to...

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How to make the Eindhoven-Brainport ecosystem future proof?

Whitepaper   By Jolan Hulscher (Frisse Blikken) – [email protected] Myriam Cloodt (TU/e) – [email protected] Sjoerd Romme (TU/e) – [email protected] This white paper is written to initiate a constructive dialogue about how to make the Eindhoven-Brainport region more future proof and globally visible. It is largely based on the MSc thesis “How to make the innovation ecosystem of Eindhoven future proof: Insights from an innovation system foresight study” by Jolan Hulscher, a recent graduate from the Innovation Management master-program of the TU/e. Technology-driven companies, local governments, research institutes and universities are looking increasingly for opportunities to collaborate in so-called innovation...

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Building the New Direction for HighTechNL

In conversation with Ben van der Zon, Program Manager for International Technology Projects, HighTechNL based on the High Tech Campus Eindhoven. He spoke with Jonathan Marks of PhotonDelta. “The kind of work we do today at HighTechNL is very different to when we started. We have made a complete ‘pivot’. Until around 3 years ago, the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs offered many national subsidy programmes for Dutch enterprises. They established several sector-specific organisations to manage those funds. For the high-tech industry sector, they had an organisation call Point One, which released calls for projects, evaluated incoming proposals together...

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Implementing the National Photonics Agenda

PhotonDelta is an EU-wide initiative with a strong Dutch accent. The clear goal is to accelerate the wider use of photonic technologies across Europe between now and 2030. That will require volume manufacture of products for this continent to remain a global player in an era of Zettabyte communications and 50 billion IoT devices. Last month, PhotonDelta MD Ewit Roos presented the latest findings at the Novio Tech Campus in Nijmegen. He explained the Netherlands international position in photonics and described the opportunities for a Dutch national photonics agenda. The main news about Novio Tech Campus Day here: “More...

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Brabant: More speed in photonics policy

More research, more investment, more cooperation. This is necessary in order to further expand the lead of Noord-Brabant, Overijssel and Gelderland in the field of photonics. These are the main conclusions of the PhotonDelta study presented on Monday at Novio Tech Campus in Nijmegen. Photonics is a technology that is applied in the latest generation of microchips. By transporting data with light, chips become much faster, cheaper and more economical. The market for photonics is growing explosively due to the many applications in the aerospace, automotive and medical industries. With the chip industry in Nijmegen and the technical universities...

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“CEO’s don’t understand what’s going on in photonics”

Photonics will completely revolutionize technology, says Dan Holladay. Big tech companies would do wise to follow developments in photonics closely. Dan Holladay is executive director of operations and technology programs at BRIDG, an open innovation platform for the semiconductor industry based in the US. Last year he signed a partnership with PhotonDelta in Eindhoven to exchange knowledge, skills and talent in photonics and semiconductor technology. Also read: Michael Lebby: Photonics as enabler for Innovation Holladay has great hope for photonics to bring the world into the ‘terabit era’ when sensors will be infinitely cheaper and higher resolution than they...

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Roadmapping Photonics (3): Ewit Roos

PhotonDelta and AIM Academy are hosting the first meeting of the World Technology Mapping Forum this week. The goal is to produce the first International Photonic Systems Roadmap, looking ahead to global technology needs in 2030 and beyond. In a short series, we offer three views on why Photonics Roadmapping Forum is so important. Today: Ewit Roos Ewit Roos is the Managing Director of PhotonDelta and one of the organizers of the World Technology Mapping Forum 2017. He explains that as Photonic Integrated Circuits using Indium Phosphide, Gallium Nitride and Silicon Nitride ramp up in a global market, many new players are entering the field. They take a non-traditional approach to working. “We’re seeing a trend for high-tech companies, chip designers, packaging houses and pure- play foundries to work collaboratively. This enables cost-sharing of expensive facilities as well as much faster prototyping and production. But for this approach to succeed, there needs to be an ongoing global discussion on “real-world” needs and goals for specific technologies.” “Coupling optical technologies with electronics offers paths to next generation smart devices that are 1000 times faster, process 1000 times more data and yet use much less energy. The outcome of the World Technology Mapping Forum is going to generate a very useful fact- based investment guide for the future. PhotonDelta has been asked to take a lead on this together with other...

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Roadmapping Photonics (2): KG Charles Harris

PhotonDelta and AIM Academy are hosting the first meeting of the World Technology Mapping Forum this week. The goal is to produce the first International Photonic Systems Roadmap, looking ahead to global technology needs in 2030 and beyond. In a short series, we offer three views on why Photonics Roadmapping Forum is so important. Today part 2: KG Charles Harris KG Charles Harris is the CEO of Quarrio, an artificial intelligence enterprise in Berkeley California. “Photonics development is crucial to us in a.i. The way that artificial intelligence works today is fundamentally different from the way it needs to work tomorrow. Photonics is an instantaneous technology. Light is already starting to impact the basic computing infrastructure, responding to market demands for ever faster processing (think High-Frequency Trading). Companies such as IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and Google have the deep pockets to invest in the high-volume chips. But there is also a role for small scale-up enterprises building specific applications using systems built directly on a dedicated photonics chip.” “Many of today’s technologies like the search engine, satellite communication, today’s high-speed Internet, the relational database, or modern voice controlled services like Siri, Cortana or Alexa owe their existence to long-term planning conferences organized decades ago.” DARPA, a defense agency run by the US Military, is credited with the early development of the Internet. The International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (1998-2016) was also...

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Roadmapping Photonics (1): Michael Lebby

PhotonDelta and AIM Academy are hosting the first meeting of the World Technology Mapping Forum this week. The goal is to produce the first International Photonic Systems Roadmap, looking ahead to global technology needs in 2030 and beyond. In a short series, we offer three views on why Photonics Roadmapping Forum is so important. Today: Michael Lebby. Dr. Michael Lebby, CEO of Lightwave Logic (LWLG) headquartered in Colorado, is heavily involved in preparing the ground for an informed conversation. “I expect the gathering in The Netherlands to explore the opportunities that we can’t see today which will be commonplace...

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