Investment of €1.1 billion for the development of photonic chips in the Netherlands

1.1 billion euros will be invested to make the Netherlands a frontrunner in the field of photonics. 470 million of this comes conditionally from the National Growth Fund. To do this, PhotonDelta must enter into a partnership with a large chip foundation, the research activities must be applicable in the market and there must be a positive interim evaluation of the PhotonDelta ecosystem.

PhotonDelta is an international partnership of organizations with the aim of setting up an ecosystem for the development of photonic chips. These use light instead of electricity to transport data and perform calculations. The Dutch government wants to safeguard the country’s position as a world leader in the field.

The program will last six years and by 2030 hundreds of companies from all over the world should participate and a production capacity of at least 100,000 wafers per year should be available. To achieve this, investments are made in companies, production and training.

PhotonDelta is an initiative of the Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate in collaboration with Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), University of Twente (UT), Delft University of Technology (TUD), Holst Centre, TNO, IMEC, PITC, CITC, OnePlanet, Smart Photonics, Lionix International, Effect Photonics, MantiSpectra, PhotonFirst, Phix and Bright Photonics.

There are currently 26 companies, 11 technology partners and 12 R&D partners affiliated. The organization is part of a consortium that has invested €171 million in photonics companies, including Smart Photonics, PhotonsFirst, Surfix, MicroAlign, Solmates and Effect Photonics.

Photonics should be able to make significant advances in efficiency and performance by using light. Since the worldwide power consumption is constantly increasing and enormous amounts of computing power are required, this will certainly come in handy. Intel, HP, IBM and GlobalFoundries, among others, are working on chip technology based on photons.

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