New Joint Research Center sets out to define “T3 Photonics” framework for photonics testing

by | 30 Nov 2020 | News

Polytechnic of Milan, Photonics 42 and ficonTEC Service GmbH have established a new Joint Research Center for R&D of photonic testing.


The Polytechnic University of Milan and Photonics 42 srl, both based in Milan, Italy, and ficonTEC Service GmbH of Achim, Germany, have together established a Joint Research Center (JRC) to pursue mutual goals in cutting-edge research and development of Photonic Testing: “Techniques and Tooling for Testing in Photonics” or “T3 Photonics”.

In setting up the JRC, some 18 months of groundwork between the three partners has already been laid down, with the center of activity having been at the Polytechnic of Milan. Photonics 42 was established in the Fall of 2020, a natural consequence of the growing integrated photonics development network in northern Italy, and the work within the JRC forms one of its core missions.

Finally, ficonTEC, the recognized market leader for automated packaging and testing machine systems for photonic-enabled devices, has a long history of contributing to the device assembly eco-system and infrastructure and has long seen the need to do the same for testing.


About Polytechnic University of Milan

Politecnico di Milano is a scientific-technological university which trains engineers, architects and industrial designers.

The University has always focused on the quality and innovation of its teaching and research, developing a fruitful relationship with business and productive world by means of experimental research and technological transfer. The Polytechnic University of Milan (Politecnico di Milano) is the largest technical university in Italy, with about 42,000 students. Founded in 1863, it is the oldest university in Milan

About ficonTEC

ficonTEC is a recognized market leader for automated assembly and testing systems for high-end photonic components, devices and PICs (photonics integrated circuits).

Considerable process capability and dedicated assembly technologies have been accumulated in serving the needs of a broad selection of industry segments – including telecom and datacom, high-power diode laser assembly, sensing from bio-med to automotive, micro-optics, and more. ficonTEC has consistently retained a unique modular approach to production equipment design. Today, with a globally installed base totaling over 700 machines, each one is the automated and optimized embodiment of a customer-defined process.


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