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VLC Photonics introduces Multi-Project Wafer Standard Design Services

Fixed costs independent of chip functionality

As part of its optical integration services, VLC Photonics is offering a new Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) Standard Design service for custom photonic integrated circuits (PIC) with fixed service costs for each manufacturer and cell size. The MPW shuttle runs are available on different generic technology manufacturing platforms such as Silicon-on-Insulator, PLC, TriPleX and InP.

"After several years in market, by serving customers and performing our own R&D using all the MPW manufacturers around the globe, we are ready to offer a frozen price, independent of the chip functionality", Pascual Muñoz, VLC Founder explained. "This is the equivalent to generic manufacturing, where costs are fixed by chip area independently of its content and end functionality, but at a design level" he added.

"The wide range of integration technologies and fabrication platforms makes selecting the best manufacturing approach for each application and device quite difficult for our customers," adds Iñigo Artundo, CEO of the company.

 "We learned our customers value an easy and straight-forward solution that allows to directly choose the most suited way to prototype their PICs". Artundo assures that any company with some basic experience on photonic integration will be able to access through VLC's to navigate all the MPW design and manufacturing options currently offered by VLC Photonics.

"Customers will also be able to get approximate costs and manufacturing times to configure their own projects immediately. Furthermore, they will directly interface our engineers one click after, to clear out any hurdles they may find when facing any integration project".

VLC Photonics, based in Valencia, Spain, is a fabless design house which provides optical integration services. Its expertise is in the design of photonic components in multiple technology platforms like silicon photonics, InP, PLC or TriPleX, with particular expertise in optical telecom and sensing systems. 

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