The European PIX4life pilot line aims to offer an open-access manufacturing platform for photonic integrated circuits, specially targeting life-science applications at visible wavelength ranges (400-850 nm). Chip fabrication will be done either through dedicated wafer runs, or most often by multi-project wafer (MPW) runs, where many users will be able to share wafer space, and thus the fabrication cost. PIX4life will also offer all kinds of additional services like photonic integration consultancy, circuit design, chip testing and packaging.

While the pilot line is being developed, during 2017-2018 some early access MPW runs will be offered to selected external users at a subsidized cost.

The first early-access MPW run by LioniX is scheduled for this summer over their TriPleX platform, and the next run by IMEC will be scheduled for this winter over their BioPIX platform.

For the upcoming TriPleX run, the chip size will be either 24 x 8 mm, or 24 x 16 mm, and the target deadline for registration is June 30st. For the selected end-users, the deadline for submitting designs will be July 31st, with expected chip delivery date around November 2017.

To ease the design of the circuits by external users, PIX4life partner PhoeniX has developed a TripleX Process Design Kit (PDK) that will be available to external users from the 1st of June 2017, to be used with their software design tool. If full circuit design is actually needed by the end users, VLC Photonics will also offer its services as a design house.

If you are interested in registering to get access to this early runs, or to get more information about pricings or any other of PIX4life's MPWs and services, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..





Photonics is essential in today’s life science technology. PIX4life will mature a state of the art silicon nitride (SiN) photonics pilot line for life science applications in the visible range and pave the way to make it accessible as an enabler for product development by a broad range of industrial customers. We aim at

  1. establishing a validated CMOS compatible SiN technology platform in the visible range for complex densely integrated photonics integrated circuits (PICs),
  2. developing a supply chain to integrate mature semiconductor laser sources and CMOS detector arrays with the SiN PICs on the basis of technologies that are scalable to high volume,
  3. establishing appropriate design kits and tools,
  4. demonstrating the performance of the pilot line for well-chosen life science applications in the domain of vital sensing, multispectral sources for super-resolution microscopy, cytometry and 3D tissue imaging,
  5. setting up the logistics for multi-project-wafer (MPW) access to the pilot line. Integrated photonics has demonstrated that optical functions can be realized in a more compact, robust and cost-effective way by integrating functionalities on a single chip. At present industrialization is limited to telecom applications at infrared wavelengths.

The field of life sciences is heavily dependent on bulky and expensive optical systems and would benefit enormously from low cost photonic implementations. However this field requires a visible light PIC-technology. Proof of concept demonstrations are abundant, but pilot line and manufacturing capacity is limited, inhibiting industrial take up. PIX4life will drive the future European RTD in visible photonic applications for life sciences by bridging technological research (via participation of 2 academic and 2 research institutes) towards industrial development (via participation of a foundry, two large companies and 9 fabless SME’s, either technology suppliers or life science end users).


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The PIX4LIFE project, a project fundedby the EU under the H2020 programme (contract number: 688519)