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CEA-Leti's silicon photonics platform allows miniaturization, power efficiency, cost reduction and scalability of photonic integrated circuits (PIC). Pioneering silicon photonics for 20 years, CEA-Leti has designed a technology toolbox featuring state-of-the-art performance for communication, computing and sensing.
Scintil Photonics creates fully integrated silicon-based photonic circuits. In short, these circuits contain all the components that are required for optical communications, from lasers to modulators and photodetectors. The startup’s integrated circuits have two key advantages: they are quicker and less costly than existing solutions.
The 2021 CEA-Leti Scientific Report highlights the major inroads it has made over the past year. Industrial partners will find within the latest R&D available to drive their business value up.
CEA-Leti, a CEA technology research institute, received the award in the Impact Delivered category for the development of a patented Smart Cut™ process of substrate fabrication in collaboration with SOITEC, which results in a transfer of a thin active layer of silicon from one substrate to another, which can be used in all electronic devices.
Within CEA Tech and CEA-Leti, activities of the Optics and Photonics division cover most of the largest industrial markets for photonics:
All-wavelength imaging (Gamma and X rays, visible, infrared, THz)
Optical data communications
Optical environmental and 3D sensors
The R&D projects are carried out with both industrial and academic partners. The industrial partners of the Optics and Photonics division range from local SMEs to overseas and global companies.
Our developments merge fundamental physical aspects with advanced technological developments, they interweave nano-sciences, optics, micro-electronics, advanced nano-fabrication, integration and packaging, while taking into account system requirements.
Optics and Photonics division employs 345 persons overall, 235 permanent R&D engineers and technicians, 43 CEA experts and 45 PhD students and post docs. 74 patents filed in 2020 and 700 patents in portfolio
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.