03 May 2021
Eindhoven Engine unlocks ‘smartest region’s collective intelligence
- Digital technologies
DWDM makes it possible to combine all photonic components and functions within a single chip. This, combined with simple packaging, makes it possible to produce these chips in volume with high yield at low cost. With this capability, EFFECT Photonics is addressing the need for low-cost DWDM solutions particularly for meeting the demand for high bandwidth connections between data centers and back from mobile cell towers making it possible to deliver more data through existing fiber.
EFFECT Photonics takes a platform approach to integration using high-yielding building blocks within the wafer. Growing different quaternary alloys of Indium Phosphide on a single wafer means that all of the active and passive optical functions of a system can be created within a single chip. All of the building blocks are developed and described in such a way that it can easily be used for purposes other than telecom.
“I studied in Eindhoven, did my Ph.D. in optical communications and lived in Munich for eight years, after that, I lived in the US for eight years. When I was doing my Ph.D., integrated photonics were just at the beginning of breaking through. The many benefits integrated photonics offer is what drove the research. It is a great moment to be working on this technology now. What we try to do is deliver more data through existing fiber, we do this by modulating the light in multiple dimensions and combining all of these functions on a single platform.”
After living in the US, I realized that what I really like about Europe is the excellent work-life balance and the fact that you can take risks without severe consequences here. There is a good social support system that you can fall back on, which gives you a lot of freedom to try new things. It surprises me that people here don’t take more risks and start many more innovative businesses to compete with the US. You really have the chance to experiment and realize your ideas here.
Within EFFECT Photonics I get the opportunity to work on many things. The company culture is open and transparent. You know exactly where you stand. It is really an international company with a good mix of males and females from many different countries working together. Working at a start-up like EFFECT Photonics is great: you have a lot of responsibility, you need multiple skills and you need to combine all of those skills to make it work. Here, we are like a family, we are doing it together.”
EFFECT Photonics is shaping the future by interconnecting humanity through fast, affordable, sustainable, and effective communication technologies. From both technical and economic perspectives, the ability to provide the world with potentially unlimited data transmission capacity and bandwidth is key to enabling technological and societal progress.