They are as small as a grain of rice, but enveloped in enormous ambitions. The region’s new gold, experts say. And indispensable if we want to connect our lives more and more to the internet. Photonic chips are estimated to increase to a market size of 615 billion euros by 2020, and Eindhoven knowledge institutes and businesses play an important role in getting there. So the future looks promising, but we certainly don’t have to wait for it, says Pieter Hermans. His PHAPPS Week is a showcase of what can already be done with photons.

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