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|Generic Platform for Silicon Photonics based on MEMS Reconfigurable Photonic Integrated Circuits
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|Photonics & Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS) 2019
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In the European project MORPHIC (MEMS-based zerO-power Recongurable Photonic ICs), we are extending a silicon photonics platform with optical MEMS functionality for low-power phase shifting and coupling. This functionality is critical to establish generic photonic circuits that can be reconfigured in software to perform a variety of optical functions for different applications. This also addresses today's bottleneck of the long and costly path from idea towards realization for full-custom PIC designers and manufacturers. With programmable photonics circuits, we expect the lead time to reduce from an almost a year to a few weeks from the user side with great reduction in cost and effort.
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