Photonic integrated circuit design and prototyping.
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Mission

VLC Photonics is a reliable partner, totally committed to your particular technical and business needs, human in the deal, and pioneer in the market development of application-specific photonic integrated circuits.

Our mission is to provide engineering solutions that allow our customers to harness the benefits of photonic integration, as well as to build up on our providers technologies. Our mission spans from the initial work of drafting high-level optical system architectures to the final part of specifying its deepest technical details, all the while under a customized approach to the specific application domain at hand.

Vision

We aim at becoming a reputable pure-play photonic design house, skilled in the main material platforms under a fabless business model approach. We value expertise and reliability, to be able to fulfill the most defying challenges and provide trustworthy and professional solutions.

VLC Photonics aims at being a fundamental global actor of the complex and evolving photonic integration ecosystem, contributing to the development of synergies among different international players, and to the expansion of photonic integration technologies and the growth of their markets.

Testimonials

  • Pim Kat. TFT-FOS.
    VLC Photonics provided a great design support in our photonic integration developments in test and prototype chips for sensing applications. View TFT IME Chip »


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  • Valerio Pruneri. ICFO.
    Technology transfer from research to real world products is a must, and VLC Photonics has proven to be an exceptional company to help us do just that.


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  • Philip Orr. Univ. of Strathclyde.
    We are very pleased with VLC Photonics' know-how on all the integration technologies and their expert advice on how best to produce our system.


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  • CEA-GRAMAT.
    VLC Photonics is an excellent partner, with reliable deliveries and outstanding performance. View CEA-GRAMAT AWG »


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  • María José Erro. UPNa.
    The photonic integration project we are engaged into would not have been possible with the sound expertise of the VLC team. We are very pleased with they professionalism and remarkably good relationship. UPNa design screenshot, chip still under fab »


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  • Arthur Lowery. Monash University
    VLC Photonics strongly supports academic researchers from design to test of photonic integrated circuits.

     

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  • Telefónica I+D.
    VLC Photonics knowledge on photonic integration technologies has been very useful for our research projects.

     

     

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  • Commscope.
    The know-how and design expertise of VLC Photonics in different material platforms has proven very useful for our photonic integration explorations.

     

     

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The Company

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VLC Photonics was born in 2011 as a spin-off company from the Telecommunications and Multimedia Applications Institute (iTEAM) located at the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (Spain), where its founders worked as researchers on optical communication systems and photonic integrated circuits for more than 20 years.

While VLC Photonics was born as a design house for photonic integrated circuits, it has evolved along the years to respond to the market needs. Currently, it provides all kind of services spanning the whole photonic integration process, from initial evaluation to design, manufacturing, test, and packaging.

Noawadays, VLC Photonics is a world pioneer on the fabless business model, offering independent pure-play services, and collaborating with a global network of foundries, packagers and providers. The company serves customers in many markets, from communications, to sensing, quantum optics, biophotonics, instrumentation, etc., and has worked with several Fortune 500 and equivalent corporations, as well as emerging start-ups and world-recognized researchers.

FAQ

What do you sell?

We offer different solutions exploiting the advantages of photonic integrated circuits. From a high level system perpective, we can assess the feasibility of integrating any optical system, and provide cost estimates, expected performances and foreseeable limitations. We then cover the whole integration process, from the photonic chip design and layout, to the prototyping, packaging, testing and certification if needed. Additionally, we can provide stand-alone outsourced design services and foundry design kit developments.
What optical applications can benefit from integration?

Most optical systems can be integrated one way or another. From telecommunications (FFTx and access networks, microwave and RF photonics, long haul and transport networks, optical datacom) to optical signal processing (optical metrology, optical instrumentation, optical communications, quantum optics), sensing (structural engineering, chemical sensors, transport and aerospace, energy and utilities) or biophotonics (medical instrumentation, photonic lab-on-a-chip, analytics and diagnostics, optical biosensors). You can learn more about this in the Applications section of the web.
Why should I replace an electrical or optical part of my system by a photonic integrated circuit?

This will always depend on your system and application, but there is a good chance that integrated photonic technologies, as opposed to free-space or fibre-based optics, can make your communication or sensing functionalities faster and more scalable, most of the times simpler, with lower power consumption, and most importantly, in a more cost-effective way in the long run.
But integration is usually an expensive technology!

While this used to be true, current mass-manufacturing of integrated photonic circuits is lowering the cost of optical systems, and fabless manufacturing models like the one provided by VLC Photonics are allowing small and medium sized entreprises to benefit from this technology at reasonable costs. Additionally, integration by itself reduces costs in the bill of materials, in the packaging, in the assembly and test costs, and in the OPEX of the system too. There are plenty of opportunities for low-cost manufacturing through shared wafers (multi-project wafer runs), and volumes don't need to be high, just a few tens of chips are ok to start.
What does it mean that you are a fabless company?

Being fabless means that we outsource the chip fabrication to external industrial partners, and we focus only on the design and the later characterization and testing phases. By being fabless, we are not restricted to design your chips in a single material platform or attached to a certain fabrication process, allowing always to select the most suited manufacturing partner for your application.
What materials do you work with?

We are skilled in the design of chips in III-V compounds (mostly Indium Phosphide, InP) and in Silicon Photonics (Silica SiO2/PLC, Silicon-on-Insulator SOI, and Silicon Nitride Si3N4).
Can I order a large series of chips? Or just one prototype chip?

Yes you can, and we will be happy to serve you. We work with multiple photonic foundries, each of them adequate for a certain volume, from one to hundreds or thousands of chips. Nevertheless, to guarantee your investment we advice to first develop some prototypes, to proof-test and optimize the ASPIC functionality as well as its interaction with the rest of your product.
What is the difference between VLC Photonics and an optical chip manufacturer?

Chip manufacturers make huge investments in very expensive fabrication equipment and facilities, and they serve huge markets with millions of units of certain components, like telecom transceivers or splitters. We address smaller niche markets where customers may have very specific needs for very different domains. Our years-long expertise in optical systems, and design skills in multiple material platforms, allow us to realise the optimal ASPIC for the application at hand.
Do you take care of the packaging of the optical chip and the later opto-electronic integration into my product?

Yes, we can do it if needed. Through our specialized back-end partners, we can provide multiple solutions according to the end-product needs, including our professional assistance on the best packaging options, control software, certification or later integration of the photonic chip into the final system.
And what about intellectual property (IP) rights?

All the IP rights of a system you want us to design can remain your own if you require so. We always work under strict non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and confidentiality is a very important aspect for us. We act as a pure-play design house, meaning we do not sell any products or self developments, we are fully at your disposal.
What are the general Terms and Conditions of VLC Photonics?

Our complete T&C can be downloaded from this website at: Legal Disclaimer and T&C

Our Team

  • Pascual Muñoz
  • José Capmany
  • José David Domenech
  • Iñigo Artundo
  • Jan Hendrik den Besten
  • Fernando Valerdi

Awards & Recognitions

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Accesit award for Best business plan at the Catedras Bancaja Young University Entrepreneurs Contest 2010.

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Selected for the prestigious Uniemprendia entrepreneurship 2011 program.

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Second prize on the "Research based company" category at the IDEAS Business Awards 2011





Funded by CDTI/neotec start-up programme

Certified by EOI for ENISA

Certified by Gobierno de España




Our Partners

  • UPV Spin-Off
  • VLC/CAMPUS
  • Fotonica21
  • NanoSpain
  • EUROPRACTICE
  • PhoeniX Software
  • LioniX
  • Photonics21
  • EPIC
  • JePPiX
  • ePIXfab
  • GCS
  • ZW Photonics
  • Intengent
  • CNM
  • Ligentec