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Optical fibre will be the main building block for future high-capacity home broadband networks. The transmission capacity of fibre is almost unlimited if compared to existing copper cabling systems. In order to enable the desired worldwide deployment of fibres and bring them up to every final customer or directly to the home (Fibre-To-The-Home, FTTH), new opto-electronic devices that can handle light more effectively with lower manufacturing and maintenance costs are needed. The prerequisite for a low-cost mass fabrication of such devices is the full monolithic integration on a single silicon microchip of the required electronic and optical functions.
The target of PINC-PONK project is to break the technological constraints limiting the development of low-cost optical routers for FTTH applications. This goal will be reached by exploiting the perfect compatibility between the CMOS and the photonics world, i.e. through the monolithic integration of photonic and electronic functions by means of a back-end, zero-technological-impact process.
The Idealist2018 project is funded by the European Commission, under the Leading Industrial Enabling Technologies ICT theme of Horizon2020 – Research & Innovation Framework Programme, under grant agreement no. 645216. Any opinions expressed in these pages are those of the author/organisation, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission or the Ideal-ist members.