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PIC Awards Winners Announced At PIC International Conference


The winners at the 2nd PIC Awards ceremony are announced after the first day of PIC International Conference across seven categories

This week in Brussels, a packed PIC International conference saw the winners of the annual PIC Awards receive their trophies.

Sales of PICs are soaring, with their deployment helping to boost the capacity of networks and data centres. In its second year, the PIC Awards recognised and highlighted key industry achievements in advancing photonic integration through platform development, manufacturing, design, packaging and device characterisation.

Voted for by the industry, through the PIC Magazine and PIC Awards digital portals, the awards ceremony honoured and celebrated leading companies and individuals from across the integrated photonics industry over 7 categories. Jose Pozo, Director of Technology and Innovation for EPIC hosted the evening for the second year running.

The evening began with the PIC Platforms Award. This award recognises advances in the development and application of key materials systems driving today's photonic integrated circuits and providing a stepping stone to future devices. The winner was the Swiss based company, LiGenTec, which provides specialist services in silicon nitride thickness above 600nm in applications for integrated quantum photonics, high Q-filters, pulse generation, spectroscopy, bio-sensing and microwave photonics. The award was accepted by Michael Geiselmann, the company's co-founder and CTO.

The Advances in PIC Manufacturing Award followed and this category celebrated the success stories for companies offering an evolution in PIC production to bring a new generation of devices into the market. Dutch based company LioniX International secured the award for providing services from initial prototype design to high-volume manufacturing of products, chips and assemblies, with their Chief Commercial Officer, Arne Leinse collecting the trophy.