NanoPHAB new Eindhoven nanophotonics foundry

In Eindhoven (Netherlands) the new company nanoPHAB officially started this week. It offers researchers and companies without appropriate production facilities the opportunity to access R&D and fabrication of photonic devices with submicrometer feature sizes, on III-V semiconductor materials. NanoPHAB is an Eindhoven University of Technology spin-off and is using the extensive university cleanroom facilities and services for the first phase of its development.

NanoPHAB is one of world’s first foundries specifically suited for a broad range of photonics products, produced on light-emitting materials with unparalleled properties (III-V semiconductor materials, like GaAs, AlGaAs, InP and InGaAs) and nanoscale feature sizes. Without any proprietary products, the pure-play character of the nanoPHAB foundry will give its customers the protection required by novel photonics ideas without any conflicts of interest.

The new foundry will provide fabrication services for the realization of nanodevices based on customers’ ideas, enabling fabless customers to enter the photonics market. “It is of major interest to clients to be able to have demonstrators and prototypes that demonstrate the feasibility and the competitive performances of their ideas, as a crucial start for their own markets,” says nanoPHAB director Francesco Pagliano.

“We are already in contact with several potential customers and we are going to start projects with them in 2016,” he continues. “In the first years, we will focus mainly on R&D for research customers. Parallel to that we will be working towards small to medium-scale production of optimized nanodevices based on collaboration with customers”. NanoPHAB is targeting a turnover in the range of millions within six  years, according to the rapidly expanding micro- and nanophotonics market.

Eindhoven University of Technology has an 800 m2 fully-equipped cleanroom with state-of-the-art equipment for III-V semiconductor materials. The staff has extensive expertise and experience in micro- and nanofabrication of III-V photonic devices. This will be the springboard for nanoPHAB, whose aim is to establish its own facilities in the long term.

The spin-off is well connected with the Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics (PSN) of the Applied Physics Department at TU/e and the Photonic Integration (PhI) group at the Department of Electrical Engineering.

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