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.
Great exciting undertaking in the academic world, congrats to Michael Hochberg, UofW prof who I am sure is behind this initiive! I spoke today with Lukas Chrostowski, UBC prof, who is very excited to use this service. Students can know design photonics devices on silicon and have it fabricated the way they could do CMOS with Mosis and CMC Microsyetms for years. Michael and Lukas are organizing silicon nanophotonics course co-located with CMOS Emerging Technologies event in Whistler in June. Details to be posted at www.cmoset.com, dr Kris
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