Course aim: to provide insight into the field of silicon photonics, including the concepts, the technologies, the key actors, the major application domains and the approaches for fabless prototyping.

Intended audience: industrial or academic engineers or researchers who wish to acquire a general understanding of the field of silicon photonics and its potential or who have the ambition to start prototyping a silicon photonics IC in a fabless way.


Content of the course:

PART I:  Basic concepts, technologies, applications of Silicon Photonics (3 hours)
  • Welcome (Prof. Roel Baets)
  • Silicon Photonics and its basic building blocks (Prof. Dries van Thourhout)
  • Applications of Silicon Photonics (Prof. Roel Baets)
  • A design-house perspective of Silicon Photonics  (Dr. Iñigo Artundo)
PART II: Silicon Photonics Design Methodology (3 hours)
  • Design Flow, Component Design, Circuit Design, Layout (Dr. Abdul Rahim)
  • Fabless prototyping through Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) service (Dr. Amit Khanna)
  • Packaging (Dr. Peter O’Brien)
  • The ACTPHAST initiative for SMEs (Dr. Eva Ryckeboer)
Talks by technology and design tool vendors
  • Luceda (Dr. Erwin De Baetselier)
  • Phoenix (Twan Korthorst)
  • VTT (Dr. Timo Aalto)
  • IHP (Georg Winzer)
  • Leti (Maryse Fournier)
  • Imec (Dr .Amit Khanna)
Practical information

The training course is organized by the European Silicon Photonics Alliance ePIXfab.

Participation is free of charge for the ECOC participants, but registration is mandatory. The two parts can be signed up for independently.

The course will take place at the venue of ECOC2015 (Feria Valencia CCE) on Sunday, September 27.

  • Part  1: 10 am-1 pm
  • Part 2:  2 pm-5 pm.

The number of seats is limited.

For registration, an email should be sent to

Requests for further details about the training course can also be addressed to the course coordinator dr. Abdul Rahim (, phone: +32-9-264-9959)

Practical information


27 September
09AM - 17PM


Venue of ECOC2015 (Feria Valencia CCE)