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Photonics Digital Innovation Hub secures €19 million
to boost SME growth and ensure Europe’s global competitiveness

21st of October 2020

PhotonHub Europe – a new pan-European photonics digital innovation hub –has been awarded €19 million investment from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.
PhotonHub Europe will help European SMEs and mid-caps become highly competitive digital businesses through faster and smarter deployment of photonics-based technologies, directly creating over 1.000 new high-tech EU jobs and nearly €1 billion in new revenues and venture capital by 2025.

Report: Equipment needs for efficient and reliable production of integrated photonics

19th of October 2020

A short survey in the photonic production world

PhotonDelta, TU/e - High Tech Systems Center and High Tech NL have analyzed the equipment needs of the photonic industry in a collaborative project that has been executed through surveys, workshops and interviews.

Effect Photonics’ optical transceivers tune in to the market

16th of October 2020

It’s been quite the journey, but Effect Photonics is finally ready to take the telecom market by storm with its tunable optical transceivers. In doing so, it will give the Dutch Photondelta integrated photonics ecosystem a most welcome boost, too.

PHIX welcomes new investor PhotonDelta 

7th of October 2020

With the addition of PhotonDelta as a shareholder, PHIX further secures its position as a leading packaging and assembly foundry within the European integrated photonics ecosystem. PhotonDelta also provides PHIX with long term financing for equipment purchases necessary to ramp up production of optoelectronic modules.

Vacancy student job for digitalizing contact details

1st of October 2020

PhotonDelta is looking for a student to digitize contact details. It concerns a temporary assignment of 40 hours.

Vacancy Internship Ecosystem monitoring Integrated Photonics 

27th of August 2020

PhotonDelta, Brabant Development Agency and Brainport Development are looking for an intern / graduate Ecosystem Monitoring Integrated Photonics (32 hours).

EFFECT Photonics secures additional funds to accelerate its growth

21st of August 2020

On Friday 7 August, EFFECT Photonics, a leading developer of high-performance dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) optical components based on its optical System-on-Chip technology, completed its Series-B funding with an additional 8 million Euro.

Subsidized innovation in photonics for EU-based companies

17th of August 2020

The EU program ACTPHAST offers a fast and low-threshold opportunity to companies that want to use photonics to optimize their production process, or to improve and expand their product portfolio. It helps these companies to find out what photonics can do for them, and guides the companies to commercial application.

SMART Photonics secures €35M new funding to accelerate growth for photonic chip manufacturing

29th of June 2020

SMART Photonics, the independent foundry for photonic integrated circuits today announced a €35 million series C investment form a Dutch consortium led by Innovation Industries. 

Integrated Photonics: Enabler of disruptive innovations along the continuum-of-care

20th of May 2020

On Tuesday 19th of May PhotonDeltas Chief Stategy and Business Development Officer, Giuseppe Coppola, gave a presentation during the Angel Tech Online Summit about IP being the enabler of disruptive innovations along the continuum-of-care. His presentation can be watched via the link below. 

A PhotonDelta roadmap for automotive applications with integrated photonics is coming

14th of May 2020

Carol de Vries is already known in the PhotonDelta network for his exploration on packaging and his current work for the Photonic Integration Technology Centre. He recently started to lay down the PhotonDelta roadmap on automotive, a focal area of the PhotonDelta ecosystem. In this news item we want to give you a short introduction on Carol and his ambition with regards to the automotive roadmap.

Dutch industrial partners in integrated photonics collaborate on PICs in space

11th of May 2020

At the end of April, the Dutch consortia of the PhotonDelta Flagship project jointly kicked off the project. The project addresses the realization of a robust and versatile hybrid integrated photonics platform that provides scalable solutions for a suite of applications. Moreover, with two proven technology platforms within the Netherlands, InP and TriPleX, the PhotonDelta Flagship project demonstrates scalability to high-volume manufacturing aiming for space quality modules; the highest quality grade in industry. Hence, this project indirectly also supports several industry and application driven roadmaps.

A PhotonDelta roadmap for integrated photonics-enabled bio-sensing is coming

6th of May 2020

PhotonDelta works on an integrated photonics-based roadmap for bio-sensing, so that ongoing and future projects can to be imbedded into the bigger picture on the future of bio-sensing. This roadmap is based on the ground work laid down by the TU Eindhoven and the University of Twente. It will be drawn up with all the cluster partners of PhotonDelta, as well as with other relevant partners academic and industrial partners and lead customers . This will be coordinated by Maarten Buijs, who recently joined the team of PhotonDelta. In this news item we want to give you a short introduction to Maarten and his ambition with regards to this roadmap.

Leading Dutch biochip companies accelerate development of fast and reliable COVID-19 test

24th April 2020

Surfix, together with its shareholders Qurin Diagnostics and LioniX International,  today announce an accelerated development plan to allow mass-scale COVID-19 diagnosis and immunity detection with the financial support and in close collaboration with PhotonDelta.

PHIX Photonics Assembly secures funding

16th April 2020

PHIX Photonics Assembly secures funding from Innovation Industries and Oost NL
PHIX started its operations in July 2018 to serve the growing demand for photonic assembly activities. PHIX’s goal of becoming the world leader in this field has come one step closer with large new investments from Innovation Industries and existing investor Oost NL (through Innovatiefonds Twente). These investments catalyze PHIX’s growth and its ambitions to scale up its manufacturing volumes.

Opening of the Chip Integration Technology Centre

5th March 2020

Heterogeneous integration and advanced packaging is essential for connecting chips and protecting them. The Chip Integration Technology Centre (CITC), located in Nijmegen, bridges the gap between science and industry in the field of materials, machines and semiconductors. In the  centre, new technology is being developed to make the packaging of the chip smaller, better and cheaper. Chip manufacturers, test and packaging companies, material suppliers, software developers, photonics firms and research institutions will work together on creating this innovative chip integration technology.

With the team in place, the design of offices & lab rooms and program lines running, the CITC was able to officially open on the 5th of March. 

PhotonDelta Application Bootcamp with Hendrix Genetics

14th February 2020

From 11th to 13th of February, the second PhotonDelta Application Bootcamp was held at TU/e. Experts in the field at TU/e tried to come up with solutions for Hendrix Genetics, with the use of integrated photonics. The challenge is set on measuring conventional egg properties. 

The company is enthusiastic about the Application Bootcamp. “Fascinating what the team was able to come up with in a few days. Photonics and spectroscopy look like promising technologies for measuring conventional egg properties such as shell thickness and egg quality automatically and at scale. It may even allow us to measure fertilization, embryo health and sex without opening the egg.” Bram Visser, Hendrix Genetics.

Visit Ambassador of Ireland

13th February 2020

Last Thursday the Ambassador of Ireland, Mr. Kevin Kelly, along with leaders from its two most important trade organizations, Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, visited the Brainport region. PhotonDelta presented its strategy and its integrated photonics supply chain. In addition to that, the Irish visitors experienced a tour around Philips Innovation Centre and presentations from EIT Digital, EIT Health and HighTechXL.
The meeting was a first introduction to each other’s strengths and interests. The aim of the visit was a to explore whether Ireland and the Netherlands, in particular the Brainport region, can connect in terms of innovation and trade. The discussion lead to enough mutual interest and eagerness to connect PhotonDelta, the Dutch integrated photonics cluster, to companies in Ireland, primarily those active in the medical and, growing, automotive segment,to further explore options for concrete co-operations.

Annual review 2019

10th February 2020

PhotonDelta is about cooperation. Cooperation between engaged innovators, entrepreneurs, knowledge institutions, development agencies and governments. The purpose of this cooperation is to deliver world-leading development and production of integrated photonics solutions. Our common goal is to build and maintain around our technology a sustainable ecosystem that will support our clients, significantly impact future applications and help solve social and technology challenges. We all worked hard and made steps towards our goal in 2019.

We are happy to share with you our Annual Review 2019, which provides an overview of the results and progress we made together in 2019. 

An inspiring visit of DG Vijselaar to PhotonDelta

5th December 2019

After a successful PhotonDelta day, today we had a visit of DG Focco Vijselaar and Director Michiel Sweers (Ministry of Economic Affairs) to PhotonDelta in Nijmegen! A deep dive session in the key enabling technology of integrated photonics and the semiconductor industry. A fruitful and potential cooperation! Thank you CITC Netherlands, Novio Tech Campus, NXP Semiconductors, Nexperia and Business Cluster Semiconductors Netherlands.

Successful PhotonDelta Day!

4th December 2019

We look back at a successful event, with lively and good discussions on how to grow our integrated photonics industry!  Our speakers and more then 125 attendees brought different knowledge to our event; knowledge on design, manufacturing, packaging, equipment, commercialization, research and so on!  In short, we had a close look on the lessons learned in high tech and semicon industry and to what extend the integrated photonics industry can learn from the past. During the event, we defined a more common ground on how to grow the industry, and thereby the strategy of PhotonDelta. Many new connections were made, and we hope our community has grown after the PhotonDelta day.

Successful first PhotonDelta Application Labs Bootcamp at TU/e !

7th November 2019

From 4 to 6 November, a multidisciplinary team of PhD students from the Eindhoven University of Technology has been working hard to identify possible integrated photonics based solutions to the next-generation product requirements of Storex. TU/e and PhotonDelta are initiators of this three day event, called ‘Application Lab Bootcamps’.

Overview IPSR-I 2020 released

11th October 2019

The Integrated Photonics Systems Roadmap – International 2020 overview, a joint initiative of AIM academy and PhotonDelta, has been released on 10-10-2019. The IPSR-I is the result of the efforts of more than 250 experts from all over the world, working in the field of integrated photonic technologies and their applications.

Technobis attracts long-term financing to accelerate roll-out of Integrated Photonic Sensing solutions

7th October 2019

Active Capital Company (ACC), PhotonDelta and ABN AMRO support integrated photonic sensing market leader by providing financing to support growth.  

PhotonDelta on stage

1st October 2019

At PhotonDelta we generate awareness and inform others about integrated photonics and our ecosystem. During the past two weeks, PhotonDelta has been on stage at three events. Ewit Roos, CEO of PhotonDelta, looks back on these events!

EFFECT Photonics receives funding

20th September 2019

EFFECT Photonics has secured €5M in funding from PhotonDelta to support its growing business. The funds will be used to further accelerate product development and business scale-up, and thereby strengthens the integrated photonics ecosystem.

PhotonDelta day - 3 December 2019

19th September 2019

Discover the world of integrated photonics: a new emerging market of integrated photonics, next to the mature market of the high-tech industry, semicon and manufacturing industry. You will get the best of both worlds at the PhotonDelta Day 2019! Together with you we grow insights: analyze the differences and similarities between the industries and learn from each other. 

Tuesday 3 december 2019
from 12:00-19:00h
Hotel Papendal

More info and register here!

Meet Ruud van Heur, Chairman of our Investmentcommittee

22nd of July 2019

Ruud van Heur is appointed by the Supervisory Board of PhotonDelta as the Chairman of our Investment committee and our Expertpanel. He is very motivated and excited to fulfil this job for PhotonDelta. But who is this business man and what are his intrinsic motives? In this interview we get to know him better by his career, his leitmotief and his view on the industry.

What is the most important lesson you learned as an entrepreneur in business about innovation?
"I learned that no individual, no industry can successfully achieve relevance on their own. You have to build bridges, to collaborate, to build together and invest in flexible networks. Sometimes not easy but necessary and rewarding."

Looking back at the European Photonics Venture Forum

28th of June 2019

Joachim de Sterke, CFO at PhotonDelta, was part of the expert jury of the European Photonics Venture Forum, which took place in the 26 – 27th of June in Munich. He was truly amazed by the magnitude and passion of all these (Integrated) Photonics start-ups. In parallel the same applied the funding parties. Joachim: "There is an evident growth in funding parties who are no longer “afraid” to invest in early stage Deep Tech / hardware, which not only important for these bright startups but for Europe in general. I believe, however at lot more is still needed to break down the Death Valley Curve, create more success stories and keep Europe in a competitive position."

Congrats to the six startups who were picked to move on towards the finals in November, in the end all attendees were winners!!

Building a billion dollar integrated photonics industry

6th of June 2019 

“In integrated photonics, there is not yet such a thing as a systems architect, someone who has a reasonable understanding of all the system components and who knows how to bring those together. Active and passive photonic components, electronics, packaging technology: it’s a mix of expertise that’s quite rare. We definitely need to address that issue.” Stated by René Penning de Vries today in an interview done by Bits&Chips.

The Netherlands is fully committed to integrated photonics

8th May 2019 | ecosystempartners

Today in the AD, an interview with our chairman René Penning de Vries on how integrated photonics will grow in The Netherlands by working together in an ecosystem.

"The carrot and stick strategy is followed for this. The carrot is that we support companies to conduct joint research. That support can exist in the form of money, research facilities or people. The stick is that the knowledge gained must be shared with the others and that it benefits the entire club. Everyone must therefore be able to benefit from it” he states. Follow the link to read the full article in the AD (in Dutch).

€3.75 million funding for SMART Photonics

18th April 2019 | business

Today, SMART Photonics has successfully closed a loan agreement with PhotonDelta for the amount of €3.75 million. 

"This funding allows us to further grow the company, to improve and expand our technology platform and to scale up our production capability. The possibility to produce these so called ‘PICs’ is essential for the entire supply chain to grow and to meet the market demand" according to CFO Robert Feelders. “We are very pleased with the support that PhotonDelta offers and see this as another great step in anchoring the new and exciting photonics industry in the Netherlands, including a manufacturing capability."


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