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IIT Madras Silicon Photonics CoE-CPPICS partners with SilTerra Malaysia for Joint development of programmable silicon photonic processor chips

IIT Madras Silicon Photonics CoE-CPPICS partners with SilTerra Malaysia for Joint development of programmable silicon photonic processor chips

  • 24th May 2024
  • Press Release

The Silicon Photonics Centre of Excellence - Centre for Programmable Photonic Integrated Circuits and Systems (Silicon Photonics CoE-CPPICS) at Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) is partnering with SilTerra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. for Joint development of programmable silicon photonic processor chips, especially for quantum computing and communication system level applications.

The other key aspects of the partnership will be joint R&D on novel silicon photonic devices and circuits for energy efficient high-speed interconnect solutions for data centres, high-performance computing, and for AI/ML applications.

SilTerra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., a global semiconductor foundry has been continuously innovating to bring leading-edge semiconductor solutions to transform the world through its disruptive silicon photonics process technologies. The Silicon Photonics CoE-CPPICS team at IIT Madras, India, is committed with its resources to enrich Silicon Photonics PDK libraries for SilTerra Silicon Photonics Foundry for mutual benefits.

An MoU towards this collaboration has been signed recently by Prof. Manu Santhanam, Dean (Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research), IIT Madras and Dr. Albert Pang Shu Koon, CEO at SilTerra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. Other signatories include Prof. Bijoy Krishna Das, Chief Investigator of Silicon Photonics CoE-CPPICS and Mr. Thung Beng Joo, Vice President of Emerging Technologies Department, SilTerra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

Speaking about this collaboration, Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, added, "This MoU signed between SilTerra and the Silicon Photonics CoE-CPPICS IIT Madras marks a significant milestone and opens up avenues for innovation in high-performance silicon photonics technology solutions. With Bharat moving towards establishing state-of-the-art commercial semiconductor fabrication facilities, there is an imminent need to augment the same with Research and Human Capacity development efforts. This engagement is expected to help achieve that objective on contemporary technologies."

Highlighting the outcomes envisaged from this collaboration, the Chief Investigator of CoE-CPPICS Prof. Bijoy Krishna Das, who is also a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras, said, "We are delighted to strengthen our partnership with SilTerra which will help us to accomplish our ambitious objectives and future roadmap of the CoE-CPPICS at IIT Madras, established in January 2021
with a substantial funding from the Ministry of Electronics and Information technology (MeitY), Government of India. The matured silicon photonics process technology of SilTerra's 200 mm foundry will be accessed by the team CoE-CPPICS for its R&D programs while sharing its silicon photonics wafer-scale test facilities, device design, compact modelling and circuit simulation expertise towards enriching silicon photonics PDK library for the fabrication of robust and advanced programmable photonic processor chips."

Prof. Bijoy Krishna Das added, "Our students and research scholars will be benefitted through this long-term industry-academia research collaboration; they will be able to leverage this unique opportunity for IP generation and entrepreneurship. Moreover, this collaboration is going to contribute significantly to India's dream drive on National Semiconductor Mission (ISM) and National Quantum Mission (NQM)."

Elaborating on the key aspects of this partnership, Dr. Albert Pang, CEO of SilTerra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., said, "We are honoured to be part of this alliance. From the onset, SilTerra has been working with its partners in the fields of microelectronics and digital technologies. For some time, we have been fabricating silicon photonics chips, and now, by moving forward with this strategic collaboration with IIT Madras, we are enriching our Silicon Photonic process and design kits. I believe quantum computing and systems will trigger a new era of applications and our collaborative efforts with CoE-CCPICS at IIT Madras will help accelerate the growth in this exciting field."



SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd ("SilTerra") is a global pure-play 200mm semiconductor foundry, specialising in Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor ("CMOS") production technologies for advanced logic, BCD, mixed-signal, radio frequency, and high voltage applications. The company has expanded into more advanced technology fields, such as Silicon Photonics, Bio-photonics, Micro-electromechanical Systems ("MEMS") on CMOS, and Gallium Nitride ("GaN") also known as "Emerging Technologies". The company is a strategic investment of Dagang NeXchange Berhad ("DNeX"), which is listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia, and Beijing Integrated Circuit Advanced Manufacturing and High-End Equipment Equity Investment Fund Center (Limited Partnership) ("CGP Fund"). For more information on the company, log on to