The Multi-Project-Wafer run (MPW) is a breakthrough paradigm that enables academics, Small to Medium scale Enterprise companies (SMEs), and industry to create photonic integrated circuit (PIC) applications without excessive overheard production costs. By effectively renting out production time in a world-class cleanroom facility, AIM Photonics dilutes the cost of creating integrated photonic circuits by jointly processing chips from multiple customers—multiple projects—in the same fabrication cycle.
With the MPW approach, SME companies in particular can experiment with small-batch production runs, sharing the high costs of photolithography mask sets and high purity etching, annealing, oxidation, and deposition tools, with other companies and universities registered for the same run.
Process Design Kits (PDKs) establish the standards and design constraints for device components and circuit architecture, ensuring each MPW run meets an acceptable manufacturing precision tolerance. In turn, the test characterization of manufactured chips informs the statistical variation parameters of a PDK, to ensure a tighter correlation between theoretical design and fabricated circuit.
The faculty and staff affiliated with the AIM Photonics Design Center will help you debug and refine your PDK design to create high-performance PICs.
For a consultation with AIM Photonics Academy and the AIM Photonics Design Center on your production plans for an application-specific PIC, please contact us.