19 April 2022
POET joins SHINE Center for photonics integration as founding member
POET Technologies Inc of Toronto, Ontario, Canada — designer and developer of the POET Optical Interposer and photonic integrated circuits (PICs) for the data-center and telecom markets — has joined the Singapore Hybrid-Integrated Next generation micro-Electronics (SHINE) Center, located in the College of Design and Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS), as a founding member.
“The vision for SHINE comes from professor Aaron Thean, dean of the College of Design and Engineering, with whom POET has worked for a number of years on certain engineering challenges, and more recently professor Lim Yeow Kheng, who joined the faculty about two years ago from STATS ChipPAC Pte Ltd,” says POET’s chairman & CEO Dr Suresh Venkatesan. “SHINE brings together equipment and expertise that NUS and companies in the consortium may use, independently and confidentially, to develop advanced processes and manufacturing techniques for hybrid integration of photonics devices,” he adds. “The systems, scientific instruments and engineering staff at NUS complements well our existing operation in Singapore, especially in the area of 2.5D and 3D semiconductor manufacturing. We plan to use the SHINE Center to design and manufacture Optical Interposer-based solutions for several new vertical markets, consistent with the mission of SHINE, including applications in sensing and the Internet of Things (IoT).”
The mission of the SHINE Center is to address fundamental issues arising in IoT microelectronics and to engage industry players during the development cycle, to eventually translate the technology to industry. A team formed by professors across the world from NUS, Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU), University of California Berkeley (UCB) and Northeastern University in the USA, the Institute of Microelectronics (IME) at Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Singapore’s DSO National Laboratories (DSO) will be actively involved as research participants. Other members of the consortium currently include Advanced Micro Foundry (AMF), Applied Materials, Cadence Design System, Continental Automotive and SOITEC. James Lee, VP & general manager of POET’s Singapore subsidiary, has played a key role in the conception of the consortium and will lead several projects on behalf of the firm. SHINE is expected to have a partnership launch and inaugural technical workshop in June.
As a National Research Foundation-Future Systems & Technology Directorate (NRF-FSTD)-funded heterogeneous integration R&D center, working with A*STAR, SHINE aims to develop disruptive material-to-circuit solutions for multi-chip integrated systems. The research center is focused on developing a process and design platform that bridges across multiple size scales; from chip to large-area substrates. Such innovations should translate to new IoT applications and associated technologies like wearables, smart vehicles, and space technologies.