LIGENTEC and X-FAB create Europe’s largest photonic IC foundry service

September 14, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
LIGENTEC and X-FAB create Europe’s largest photonic IC foundry service
Strategic partnership will address rapidly growing demand for low-loss silicon nitride photonic integrated circuits across a broad range of industry sectors.

LIGENTEC, pioneer in high-performance, low-loss, silicon nitride photonics, and specialty semiconductor producer X-FAB Silicon Foundries have announced a strategic partnership resulting in the large-scale supply of integrated photonic devices.

Photonic integrated circuits (PICs) are set to repeat the success story of electronic integrated circuits (ICs). Working with light instead of electrons, PICs will play a key role in tomorrow's infrastructure for communication, biosensing and transportation.

“Silicon nitride offers superior performance to manage the light in the chip circuitry, with unprecedented low propagation losses and high-power handling,” states Michael Zervas, co-founder of LIGENTEC. “While there is growing worldwide demand for silicon nitride PICs, the missing piece is a commercial volume foundry that can keep pace with the expected uptake.”

LIGENTEC has implemented its proprietary, patented, low-loss silicon nitride process technology within X-FAB’s existing high-throughput foundry workflow. It means that LIGENTEC PICs are now commercially available in high volumes out of Europe, a key requisite enabling the secure and independent supply of the quantities foreseen in relation to sensors for self-driving cars, environment monitoring, quantum computers and an array of other applications.


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