Pilot offers “full-stack photonics” with innovative PIC design, supporting hardware design and software development. For laser and PIC design, our team of designers use a suite of commercial design and layout tools as well as proprietary tools and PDKs. We have in-house design teams developing high speed RF electronics to drive our comb lasers and data modulators, as well as digital electronics for PIC control and management. Mechanical and thermal design tools and expertise enable us to design advanced prototypes and low volume products, while our software teams develop embedded control of our devices delivered through GUI and API.
Pilot’s world-class characterisation, test, and analysis facilities ensure that our PIC based solutions deliver the value they promise. Covering the entire spectrum “from atoms to systems” we make use of in-house and partner facilities in Dublin City University, Tyndall National Institute, and Trinity College Dublin. The equipment includes high resolution field and electron microscopes, automated PIC characterisation facilities, high speed communication and optical sensing testbeds, environmental test chambers, and much more.
Pilot Photonics outsources its PIC fabrication and manufacture to trusted partners with whom our engineers work hand-in-hand to deliver the company’s advanced photonic solutions. We fabricate our PICs with leading European III-V foundries – each of whom provide a unique offering that Pilot tailors to the project at hand. For advanced prototyping and production, we work with both local and global manufacturers, for low and high-volume manufacture respectively.
Pilot Photonics engages in advanced R&D programmes, and customer NRE engagements that align with its technology roadmap and vision. Our funding partners include the European Space Agency, the European Commission through its European Innovation Council Accelerator Programme, and the Irish Government through its Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund.