Starting its operation in 2018, PHIX is a European based provider of automated photonics assembly services with its main facilities in Enschede, The Netherlands. PHIX aims to become world leader in the supply of PIC based components and modules in scalable production volumes. The company offers fiber arrays and assembly services for the four major technology platforms (InP, Si, LiN and SiN) and are specialized in hybrid integration of chip-to-chip and fiber-to-chip modules. PHIX provides a one-stop-shop from design to volume production of PIC modules.
The photonics market is estimated to grow exponentially during the next 5 years. Photonic technologies find their way into many sectors, including health care, automotive, sensing, consumer electronics and many more. Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) are a key enabling technology and facilitate further miniaturization, faster connections and cost reduction.
Before PICs can be incorporated into products, the chips need to be connected to other components, such as optical fibers, amplifiers and electronics with great accuracy. This photonics assembly activity is the core competence of PHIX. PHIX is the photonic equivalent of the outsourced semiconductor assembly and test (OSAT) companies known from the electronics industry.
By acting as a back-end foundry service, the customers of PHIX do not need to invest in their own equipment and assembly processes. This enables a quick ramp up from prototype development to volume manufacturing. For others, partnering with PHIX will allow for outsourcing and second sourcing.
In order to serve customers from prototype to volume, PHIX also provides engineering support for product development. PHIX provides design guidelines that take future volume manufacturing requirements into account at an early stage of PIC and product design.