CUDOS researchers at RMIT launch commercial service


CUDOS Chief Investigator Professor Arnan Mitchell and his team at RMIT University have launched a new service for Australian researchers and the data industry: Australian Silicon Photonics – a passive silicon photonic device prototyping service that will dramatically change the nature of Australian research and development based on Silicon Photonics.

Australian Silicon Photonics

Silicon Photonics (SiPh) is a technology with huge potential; researchers and product developers are exploring SiPh devices for a wide range of applications, including optical communications and sensors, lab-on-a-chip systems for life sciences, quantum technologies, and hybrid electronic-photonic circuits for computing and consumer electronics.

However, to date, its practical use is significantly restricted by six- to nine-month delivery times. The new service Australian Silicon Photonics, founded by Professor Arnan Mitchell, Dr Thach Nguyen and Dr Jonathan Lacey at RMIT University, guarantee the availability of mass-manufacturing-compatible passive SiPh prototypes with proven performance in a six-week turnaround. This will dramatically change the nature of Australian research and development based on SiPh.

Professor Arnan Mitchell’s team at Australian Silicon Photonics offers two types of service: SuperFab and Turnkey.

The SuperFab (supervised fabrication) service is aimed at researchers and designers who have done their own passive SiPh device design and want a small quantity of prototypes with guaranteed performance within six weeks.

The Turnkey service is aimed at researchers and product designers in industry who want custom SiPh devices designed and fabricated to their requirements by the Australian Silicon Photonics team, with a rapid delivery and proven performance.

The offered expertise at Australian Silicon Photonics builds on more than 15 years of research supported by the Australian Research Council through CUDOS, an ARC Centre of Excellence, and the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF). Professor Mitchell’s CUDOS group at RMIT are world leaders in simulation and design of SiPh integrated circuits. The newly founded Australian Silicon Photonics has also recently received support from CSIRO.