7 Pennies Consulting powered by Bright Photonics B.V., LioniX, PhoeniX Software, Mentor Graphics, Lumerical Solutions, Chiral Photonics, VLC Photonics, Imec, Europractice, and CEA-LETI

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Bright Photonics B.V. is a design house for photonic integrated circuits (PICs), also referred to as systems on chip (SoC). (http://www.brightphotonics.eu/)

LioniX is a leading provider in development and small to high volume production of leveraging and innovative products based on micro/nano system technology (MNT) and MEMS. (http://www.lionixbv.nl)

PhoeniX Software, Based on a history going back to 1991, provides an unique mask lay-out, process flow design and simulation environment for the integrated photonics marketplace. (http://www.phoenixbv.com)

Mentor Graphics - Building an EDA Environment for Silicon Photonics: Silicon photonics has a huge potential for signal processing applications ranging from communications to biosensors and opto-MEMS devices. (http://www.mentor.com)

Lumerical Solutions: Since its inception in 2003, Lumerical has pioneered breakthrough simulation technologies that help bring new photonic product concepts to life. By empowering research and product development professionals with high performance photonic design software that leverages recent advances in computing technology, Lumerical helps optical designers tackle challenging design goals and meet strict deadlines. (http://www.lumerical.com)

Chiral Photonics (CPI), a New Jersey, US based company founded in 1999, specializes in optoelectronic packaging of integrated photonics. CPI offers its pitch reducing optical fiber arrays, PROFAs, which enable the highest density optical I/Os for both edge and face coupling to photonic ICs.(http://www.chiralphotonics.com)

VLC Photonics aims to be a complete but flexible partner in photonic integration, thanks to its deep expertise in the whole integration process, from the preliminary feasibility studies, to fabrication platform selection, optical chip design, foundry and packager brokerage, and chip characterization and test. VLC Photonics has been working for more than 14 years in the field, with experience in all major international fabs (+15) in all main material substrates (silicon photonics, InP, GaAs, PLC, SiN, TriPleX, etc.). (http://www.vlcphotonics.com)

Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics. We leverage our scientific knowledge with the innovative power of our global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy.(http://www.imec.be )

Europractice was launched by the European Commission in October 1995 to help companies improve their competitive position in world markets by adopting ASIC, Multi-Chip Module (MCM) or Microsystems solutions in the products they manufacture. The program helps to reduce the perceived risks and costs associated with these technologies by offering potential users a range of services, including initial advice and ongoing support, reduced entry costs and a clear route to chip manufacture and product supply. (http://www.europractice-ic.com)

CEA (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives) is a French Governmental Research Organization (15,000 employees). Within the “CEA-TECH” branch devoted to industrial Research & Development, CEA-LETI is one of the major European research centers in applied electronics, optics and sensing. It is located in Grenoble-France where it operates 11,000 m²-State-of-the-Art CMOS clean rooms (200 and 300 mm wafer size), and a MEMS microsystems platform (200 mm wafer size).(http://www-leti.cea.fr)

7 Pennies (http://www.7pennies.com) is a consultancy specialized in marketing and business development. It has put together a consortium of companies that are all active in Photonic Integration. The consortium includes, among others, PhoeniX, Mentor Graphics, Lumerical Solutions, Chiral Photonics, Bright Photonics, IMEC, CEA-LETI, and LioniX. The consortium organizad a PIC Workshop at OFC and is also organizing a training on PICS that will be held in New York City in the week of Oct 19, 2015.