20 February 2024
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Streaming a film on Netflix, video calling your colleagues and requesting traffic information directly through your navigation system: these are just a few examples taken from daily life that are already possible thanks to an ultra-fast transport of information, or data. We're seeing the same development in healthcare, government and in industry. It's a development made possible by photonics, the interaction between light and electronics.
There's no denying that we expect a lot from our electronics these days. Luckily, they have a substantial capacity. But substantial is not the same as endless. If we keep going at this pace, and that seems almost certain, it won't be long before there will be buffering when streaming a film, you can't see each other properly in a video call and your navigation system fails to warn you about the traffic jam you're already in the middle of. Luckily, there is a solution: photonics. Photonics is an emerging technology which focuses on tracing, generating, transporting and processing light. The advantage? It's faster, more stable and more accurate than electronics. The speed, in particular, allows much more information to be sent.
There is already a valuable group of young businesses and knowledge institutes in Brainport involved in integrated photonics. Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) plays an important role there. Companies making strides in this field include SMART Photonics and EFFECT Photonics
So Brainportregio is a frontrunner when it comes to photonics. A collaborative partnership has been set up to maintain and reinforce this worldwide leader’s position: PhotonDelta. The TU/e, Brainport Development, BOM, the Chamber of Commerce (KvK), the province of Noord-Brabant, research institutes Cobra, JePPIX and Nanolab@TU/e and a number of companies are involved in the collaborative partnership. Together, they are working to raise awareness and increase facilities for further development of this technique.