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€10.2m silicon photonics project launched

French research institute CEA-Leti is to co-ordinate a four year project aimed at building a European based supply chain in silicon photonics and speeding up industrialisation of the technology.

The €10.2million PLAT4M (Photonic Libraries And Technology for Manufacturing) project involves 15 leading European R&D institutes and cmos companies, including Leti, imec and STMicroelectronics.

"Silicon with its mature integration platform has brought electronic circuits to mass market applications – our vision is that silicon photonics will follow this evolution," said the project's co-ordinator Laurent Fulbert.

"Upgrading existing platforms to become compatible with industrialisation is now essential. The PLAT4M partners bring a critical combination of expertise to the challenge of building a complete supply chain for commercialising silicon photonics in Europe."

Laura Hopperton

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