ePIXfab started as a collaboration between imec (Belgium) and CEA-LETI (France) to realize the Silicon Photonics Platform within the framework of ePIXnet, the FP6 Network of Excellence on photonic integrated components and circuits. The silicon platform was one of six technology platforms in ePIXnet (the others were the InP platform JePPIX, the nanostructuring platform NanoPIX, the packaging platform ePIXpack, a high-speed test platform and a high-performance computing platform).
Further development of ePIXfab was pursued within the FP7 PhotonFAB project, co-funded by the European Union. PhotonFAB significantly reduced the barriers to access and has brought many improvements to ePIXfab such as the start of access to active (thermo-optic) devices, training including hands-on CAD software training, development of a design kit, a more mature operation and a roadmap of silicon photonics evolution. Users without prior silicon photonics expertise as well as first companies started to use our services.
From 2012-2015, ePIXfab became a consortium of 7 partners within the framework of the EU FP7 project – ESSenTIAL. During this project, the activities were broadened to a wider series of services that support the supply chain for silicon photonics, including variants of the silicon photonics technology and packaging services for silicon photonics. To this end the ePIXfab partnership was extended with IHP, VTT, TNO, and Tyndall Institute.
In 2011, ePIXfab started a collaboration with Europractice IC service. In 2015 the MPW services provided by ePIXfab were completely transferred to Europractice IC service. Before this transfer ePIXfab had successfully completed 50 MPW runs.
2016 & onwards
Today when the MPW services are completely transferred to Europractice, ePIXfab will continue to devote itself to its much broader role of representing the European silicon photonics community. ePIXfab has now become an open alliance of organizations that promote the science, technology and application of silicon photonics. The core activity of ePIXfab will be the promotion of the science and technology of silicon photonics by grooming the workforce for future uptake of this technology, by providing non-commercial consultancy, and by roadmapping the silicon photonics technological trends and evolutions.