Photonic Advanced Research And Development for Integrated Generic Manufacturing (PARADIGM)
Research Project , 2010 – 2015

The objective of PARADIGM is to effect a fundamental change in the way photonic integrated circuits (PICs) based on indium phosphide (InP) are designed and manufactured in Europe, with the aim of reducing the costs of design, development and manufacture by more than an order of magnitude and making more complex and capable designs possible than ever before. The key step is to develop a generic platform technology for application-specific PICs. This will be achieved by adopting a similar methodology in the field of photonics to the one that has been so successful in microelectronics. The new approach developed in PARADIGM will be indispensable in creating a sustainable business sector with potential for significant future growth. PARADIGM addresses the whole product development chain from concept, through design and manufacturing to application. It will establish library-based design, coupled with standardized technology process flows and supported by sophisticated design tools. Our goal is to develop technical capability at the platform level, rather than at the level of individual designs, greatly reducing the cost and time required to bring a new component into production, whilst allowing the designer great freedom for creativity at the circuit level. To establish a generic, design-rule and library-based methodology for photonic ICs is an ambitious and demanding task, which could only be contemplated with a consortium possessing a wide range of complementary skills. PARADIGM has brought together just such a collaboration of Europes key players in the fields of III-V semiconductor manufacturing, PIC design and applications, photonic CAD, packaging and assembly. The project will verify the potential of the generic approach by fabricating a number of InP PICs, addressing a range of applications in communications, sensors, data processing and biomedical systems, at a level of complexity and performance that will define the state of the art.


Spartak Gevorgian (contact)

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Terahertz and Millimetre Wave Laboratory


Bright Photonics

Maarssen, Netherlands

Centre for Integrated Photonics (CIP)

Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom

Effect Photonics

Eindhoven, Netherlands

Eindhoven University of Technology

Eindhoven, Netherlands


Milano, Italy

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Zur

Munchen, Germany

Gooch & Housego (Torquay)

Torquay Devon, United Kingdom


Marcoussis, France


Cornate D'adda, Italy

Oclaro Technology Limited

Towcester, United Kingdom


Enschede, Netherlands

Photon Design

Oxford, United Kingdom

Polytechnic University of Milan

Milano, Italy

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, United Kingdom

VLC Photonics

Valencia, Spain

Warsaw University of Technology

Warszawa, Poland

Willow Photonics

Towcester, United Kingdom


European Commission (EC)

Project ID: EC/FP7/257210
Funding Chalmers participation during 2010–2015

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