Core Technology Development
NeoPhotonics has developed extensive expertise in the design, large-scale fabrication, high-volume module manufacturing and commercial deployment of NeoPhotonics’ PIC products and technologies. The process of designing and manufacturing PICs in high volume with predictable, well-characterized performance and low manufacturing costs is complex and multi-faceted. NeoPhotonics has developed technologies that address and solve a range of interrelated problems that enable the efficient design and manufacture of complex, high performance components, modules and subsystems for fiber optic networks.
NeoPhotonics has developed a set of proprietary design elements that provide optical functionality on a silicon chip. NeoPhotonics utilizes micron and sub-micron scale structures of multiple precision-doped silica planar waveguides to fabricate functional elements such as integrated optical filters, switches and variable attenuators. NeoPhotonics manufactures individual elements into products and, more often, NeoPhotonics integrates these functional design elements into optical circuits to achieve a desired functionality and specification that is incorporated in NeoPhotonics’ products. In addition, NeoPhotonics fabricates optical micro electro mechanical mirrors by precision etching of silicon-based wafers for use singly or in arrays to provide optical functions, such as attenuation and switching, for applications where high performance is required.
In addition, through precise fabrication and positioning of physical features, NeoPhotonics integrates PIC devices fabricated on separate wafers out of different materials, matching the material to the function to improve performance attributes and reduce production costs. NeoPhotonics’ hybrid integration allows it to integrate active devices, such as lasers and photodiodes, with high-performance passive devices, such as switches, routers and filters, to provide the desired network functions on a single PIC.
NeoPhotonics also sells its products as modules and subsystems which contain electronic hardware and firmware control that can be interfaced directly with customer systems. NeoPhotonics designs the electronic hardware and develops the firmware to integrate these with NeoPhotonics’ optical products to meet customer specifications.