Institute of Communication and Computer Systems / National Technical University of Athens

The Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS/NTUA) is associated with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (SECE) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). It was founded in 1989 in order to carry research and development activities in the field of telecommunications systems and computer systems. ICCS/NTUA employs more than 500 researchers including SECE faculty staff, senior research scientists and PhD students.

ICCS/NTUA will participate in MIRAGE with the Photonics Communications Research Laboratory (PCRL). PCRL was founded in 1995 as a research group of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens. It is being led by Prof. Hercules Avramopoulos and it currently members are 5 Senior Researchers and 9 PhD students. PCRL research activities focus on the design and implementation of photonic devices and subsystems for all-optical communication systems ranging from high capacity optical transmission studies, all-optical packet and burst switching networks and label switching nodes to multi-wavelength devices for wavelength division multiplexing networks. PCRL also investigates the development of photonic-based devices for terahertz/photonic communications and other applications. PCRL is a fully equipped laboratory with a range of test and measurement systems and a large number of passive and active photonic devices. PCRL has worldwide links and collaborations with other top research institutes and industrial research organizations and its activities are supported by industrial grants, national and EU funded research programs. PCRL has significant presence and a proven track record with successful participation and leadership in a number of European projects (MULTIWAVE, LASAGNE, MUFINS, e-Photon/One, ESPRIT DO-ALL).

NTUA is the project coordinator of MIRAGE. Within the project NTUA will evaluate all the fabricated active optical chips and modules on a 40 Gbaud datacom testbed that will be developed within the project. NTUA will also participate in the design of the silicon components on the MIRAGE SOI platform.


Contact persons:

Prof. Hercules Avramopoulos (hav[at]

Dr. Paraskevas Bakopoulos (pbakop[at]



AMS AG is a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs, combining almost 30 years of analog design know-how with state-of-the-art manufacturing and test facilities and production partnerships. Operating worldwide with more than 1,200 employees, austriamicrosystems focuses on the areas of power management, sensors & sensor interfaces and mobile infotainment in its markets Consumer & Communications, Industry & Medical and Automotive. Through the acquisition of TAOS, a world leader in advanced light sensors, austriamicrosystems has expanded its innovative sensor offering for growth markets such as mobile devices. Products with low density 3D TSVs for sensor integration are already launched. The next generation of technology platform with shrunk TSV is already under development in order to fulfill the needs for further miniaturization. Beside the EU FP7 project HELIOS which is in the field of photonics AMS is heavily involved in  3D projects like ESiP (ENIAC) and COCOA (Catrene).

Within MIRAGE AMS will develop a direct bonding technique for wafer bonding as an enabler of a 3D-stacked electronic-photonic assembly.


Contact person: Dr. Jochen Kraft (Jochen.Kraft[at]


Optoscribe Ltd.

Optoscribe is a spin-out of Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh specialising in ultrafast laser inscription technologies for photonic device manufacturing. Based in Livingston Scotland, Optoscribe develops and manufactures 3D waveguide based and micro-machined photonic devices for communications and novel sensor applications.

Within MIRAGE Optoscribe will design, manufacture and assemble glass-based components for low loss interconnection between multi-core optical fiber and the silicon photonic platform. Optoscribe will also carry out fibre alignment and pigtailing of the project prototypes.


Contact person: Dr. Nicholas Psaila (n.d.psaila[at]


Technische Universitaet Muenchen

The Technische Universität München participates in MIRAGE through the Walter Schottky Institut (WSI), a central institute of the University which was founded in 1986 in order to strengthen the interaction between basic physics and semiconductor electronics research. The WSI accommodates four research groups (Experimental Semiconductor Physics I and II, Semiconductor Technology and Theoretical Semiconductor Physics). The WSI is participating in several joint projects in national and international collaboration with industrial research laboratories, Fraunhofer Institutes, Max-Planck Institutes and many other universities. WSI has significant presence and a proven track record with successful participation and leadership in a number of European projects (ICT-NEWTON, ICT-NEMIS, ICT-SUBTUNE, …).

Within MIRAGE TUM/WSI will develop InP-based 1.55 μm high-speed short-cavity VCSELs and CWDM VCSEL-arrays for integration on the MIRAGE silicon platform. TUM/WSI will perform the design, epitaxy, processing, characterization and optimization of the VCSELs as well as the investigation and characterization of the dielectric and epitaxial materials involved.


Contact person: Dr. Ralf Meyer (Ralf.Meyer[at]


Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum vzw

IMEC is an independent research centre in microelectronics founded in 1984 by the Flemish Government. IMEC’s activities include new chips production processes, microsystems and new electronic components, development of solar cells and plastic electronics, new design methodologies with a focus on embedded systems design for wireless and multimedia tools, and new packaging technologies.

Two IMEC groups are involved in MIRAGE: the IMEC-INTEC_design group and the Centre for Microsytems Technology (CMST).

The IMEC-INTEC_design group (20 people) is very active in optoelectronics front-end design since the early nineties with a long track record. Various high speed photonic-electronic integrated prototypes, laboratory and field demonstrators were successfully developed within the frameworks of RACE, ESPRIT, ACTS projects PLANET and PELICAN, FP6 projects GIANT and PIEMAN, and FP7 projects MARISE, EURO-FOS and C3PO.

The IMEC-CMST (55 people) is specialized in electronic interconnection and assembly on various substrates (laminate, thick and thin films, flex and stretch substrates), optical interconnection and opto-electronics packaging, micro-displays and mixed signal IC design, bringing together expertise from electronics, mechanics, physics and chemistry. The CMST is not only performing basic fundamental research on the above mentioned topics, but is also heavily involved in industrial research through its participation in numerous industrial research projects, funded by the national funding agencies or the European Commission, or in bilateral cooperation with industry.

Within MIRAGE INTEC_design will develop 80Gb/s VCSEL linear drivers and TIA electronics, and IMEC-CMST will develop self-alignment assembly processes to mount active components on the silicon photonic board. 


Contact persons:


Prof. Johan Bauwelinck (johan.bauwelinck[at]




Dr. Geert Van Steenberge (geert.vansteenberge[at] 


Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is a state University established in 1925. Today the main campus extends over an area of 429 metric acres in the heart of the city and the number of enrolled students is about 67.000 in 41 departments that cover the full range of scientific disciples.

AUTH participates in MIRAGE with its Photonic Systems and Networks (PhosNET) Research Group, which is part of the Computer Architecture and Communications Laboratory (CACLab) of the Department of Informatics. PhosNET employs 2 academic staff members, 3 Senior Research Associate and 4 PhD students and its main research activities lie in the field of photonics, material science and light-matter interaction and signal processing hardware both by electronic as well as by optical means. The main research activities of PhosNet extend along a broad area in the field of photonic technologies, including optical interconnects, optical circuit design, optical routing/switching systems, optical signal processing, high capacity optical transmission, optical packet/burst and label switching networks, and optical wireless networks. PhosNET members have significant presence and a proven track record with successful participation and leadership in a number of European projects (MULTIWAVE, LASAGNE, MUFINS, e-Photon/One, ESPRIT DO-ALL, BOOM, DICONET, IASiS) and are currently coordinating the FP7 project PLATON and RAMPLAS.

WIthin MIRAGE AUTH will participate in the design of the silicon components on the MIRAGE SOI platform and in the characterization of the MIRAGE prototypes. AUTH will also perform system-level modelling of the Active Optical Cables in MIRAGE.


Contact person: Prof. Nikos Pleros (npleros[at]



AMO GmbH (Gesellschaft für angewandte Mikro und Optoelektronik mit beschränkter Haftung) is a German SME with 40 employees specializing in R&D for micro- and optoelectronic applications. AMO’s mission is to develop innovative technologies for nanoelectronics and nanophotonics and their implementation in novel devices architectures to a prototype level. The resultant devices and subsystems are exploited by AMO as a low volume foundry or transferred to a key player in the field. Since 1997 AMO employs one of the leading European research groups in UV- and soft UV nanoimprinting. AMO is furthermore active in research in integrated nanophotonics for communication, plasmonics and life science applications. In the field of photonics AMO has successfully coordinated a FP6 STREP on photonic SOI devices (Circles of Light) and has been active in fabrication of silicon based electro-optical modulators and on-chip communication systems. AMO has participated in the FP7 funded ICT‐BOOM project developing Silicon‐On‐Insulator nanophotonic structures and exploiting the developed technology. Furthermore AMO is currently participating in the FP7 funded ICT-PLATON project developing a Tbit/s optical routing system. AMO has a broad base of advanced semiconductor process technology, such as i-line projection lithography for 6’’-wafers and high resolution electron beam lithography facilities (Vistec EBPG5200) and an experimental front end SOI CMOS process line. Photonic research highlights include fabrication of a strained silicon modulator relying on a silicon nitride straining layer, low-loss silicon nanophotonic waveguides, efficient and cost-effective coupling structures, optical ring-resonators by EBL with a high Q factor up to 139.000, UV-Nanoimprint technology, and ultra-fast all-optical switching in implanted silicon ring resonators.

Within MIRAGE AMO will develop an 8’’ fabrication pilot line and will employ it to fabricate all SOI wafers that serve as the backbone for the 3D integrated electro-optic components of MIRAGE.


Contact person: Dr. Jens Bolten (bolten[at]


Mellanox Technologies, Ltd

Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability. Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software and silicon that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services.

Mellanox is a registered trademark of Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. Mellanox Open Ethernet, Open Ethernet, and Virtual Modular Switch are trademarks of Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.  

Within MIRAGE Mellanox will provide market requirements and operational specifications for the MIRAGE Active Optical Cables, will package the MIRAGE prototypes and will evaluate them in its environmental facilities, benchmarking them against existing products.


Contact person: Arlon Martin, Sr. Director, Marketing (arlonm[at]




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