SAN JOSE, Calif. - The University of Washington has opened a silicon photonics foundry service.
The effort is co-funded by Intel Corp. This program will provide access to high-end semiconductor manufacturing, enabling any researcher in the world to build integrated electronic-photonic circuits in silicon.
The program, Optoelectronics Systems Integration in Silicon, or OpSIS, will offer a service similar to the Metal Oxide Semiconductor Implementation Service, or MOSIS, an organization based at the University of Southern California that helped combine many different circuits onto a single silicon wafer.
The OpSIS project will permit “shuttle runs” in which researchers cut costs by sharing silicon wafers between multiple projects.