Services

 

The European project PIX4life has the ambition to become the world’s first open access pilot line for Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC’s) targeting life science applications in the visible range. In order to do so, PIX4life puts strong emphasis on lowering the entry barriers by implementing cost effective open access Multy Proyect Wafer runs (MPW’s) for SME companies, researchers and large corporations.

 

The PIX4life consortium formed by two R&D institutes, two academic partners and nine SMEs has the capabilities to offer, in addition to these MPWs, all the services required to cover the full PICs development cycle, from consultancy and design to testing and packaging.

 

Consultancy

 

With several years of expertise in the field, the members of the consortium can assist any company, institution or interested person to evaluate the feasibility, both technically and economically, of a given photonic integrated project for life sciences applications.

This assistance may include among other services: technology and foundry platform evaluation, mapping of required functionalities into specific devices for circuit integration, component and system performance evaluation, intellectual property evaluation, prototype cost estimation, and scalability study for mass production escalation.

 

Consultancy prices will start from a discounted price of 2.000€ during the course of the PIX4Life project, and 4.000€ after the end of it.

 

Design

 

The PIX4Life Pilot Line can support your business or institution on doing or helping you to do the design and layout of a photonic integrated circuit in Silicon Nitride, in three different ways.

 

- Design support: For those who want to design their own PIC, a design house is available to support them. Also, two different software licences (PhoeniX and Luceda) can be acquired at a 50% discounted price of 1.250€ per run during PIX4Life project and 2.500€ after that.

- Standard design: If your project makes use of the standard building blocks available at the two offered platforms, this should be your option.

- Custom Design: Trust the design engineers of VLC Photonics to help you out reaching your target specifications by designing a PIC based on your technical requirements.

 

Type

Cell size

During PIX4Life

After PIX4Life

Design support

1 block

1.000€

4.000€

Standard design

1 block

2.000€

4.000€

Custom design*

1 block

4.000€

8.000€

* Custom design prices will depend on the level of customization, the prices given here are only estimates.

 

Fabrication

 

Manufacturing will be carried out at the premisses of the two foundries members of the consortium, LioniX and IMEC, with the following

specifications:

 

 

Platform

Cell size

Cell copies

Cell cost

LioniX

TriPleX

25 x 8 / 16 mm

4 dies

8.500€ / 16.000€

IMEC

BioPIX

5.3 x 4.8 mm

20 dies

10.000€ / 17.000€

 

The process will include assembly of the designs into the masks, fabrication and validation of the wafers, and dicing of the wafers into dies for delivery.

 

The schedule dates for the open access MPW runs are as follows:

 

- Summer 2017: LioniX

- Winter 2017: IMEC

- Summer 2018: LioniX

- Winter 2017: IMEC

 

Exact design submission date (tape-in), tape-out and chip delivery dates will be detailed at the home section of this web site as well as PIX4life newsletters and social media.

 

Characterization

 

The Characterization of test structures and basic building block at the bare dielevel might be done if required after chip fabrication in order to evaluate functionalities, component performance and design variations.

 

The characterization price will start at 4.000€ during the course of the PIX4Life project, and 8.000€ after the end of it.

 

Packaging

 

The packagings of the bare dies into a housing with electrical/optical connectors and additional interfaces (e.g. microfluidics, microlenses, etc.) will be coordinated through Ireland’s Tyndall National Institute through the European Photonic Packaging Pilot Line that they, PIXAPP.

The prices will vary depending on the complexity, starting at:

 

- Low-complexity: 900€/unit

- Mid-complexity: 1.450€/unit

- High-complexity: 2.250€/unit

 

More information on this at the PIXAPP website.