Photonics Automated Assembly & Testing
From Lab to Fab
Cutting-edge assembly and testing machines serving requirements in R&D and all the way through to high-volume production
ficonTEC provides device micro-assembly and testing solutions for the photonic device industry. These solutions are realized as cutting-edge, high-precision production systems utilizing advanced automation approaches, regardless of the device material and target application. Our modular system architecture is additionally scalable, so that exploratory, proof-of-process development as well as high-volume manufacturing requirements are addressable – and anything in between.
A globally installed base of over 1000 systems (Q1 2022) is already serving integrated photonics applications in telecom and datacom sectors, for 5G infrastructur, in 3D sensing for smartphone, automotive and aerospace applications, in high-power diode laser assembly, and in many others. ficonTEC is also actively involved in current international initiatives that are designed to reduce time-to-market for integrated photonics technology all within the current transition to high-volume manufacturing processes.
A Company Overview
Electro-optical Wafer-level Test Systems for PICs
Machine System Production
Made for HVM – Internal Acceptance Test
Discover Brilliant Solutions
The full gamut of process capability captured within a suite of innovative machine systems, all controlled by an advanced software interface
Product Lines – Manufacturing Made Light
Functional machine types designed to provide class-leading flexibility, performance and yield in photonic device production
Automated die-level photonic device assembly
- Fully automated passive/active photonic device assembly
- Designed for all optical element, fiber and chip assembly tasks
- Applications in sensors & lidar, HPLDs, co-packaging, PIC assembly
- Next-generation system platform is adaptable ‘From Lab to Fab’
Flexible, multi-purpose ‘align-&-attach’ platform
- Flexible and highly capable photonic device assembly platform
- For all optical, fiber and die/chip/PIC connection and hybridization tasks
- Designed for collaborative R&D and low-volume/jobshop environments
- For sensors & lidar, co-packaging, SiPh process development and more …
Die-level photonic device test
- State-of-the-art, mixed-signal electro-optical test
- Fast, high-precision alignment to single/multiple optical I/O ports
- Designed for all optoelectronic devices and PIC material systems
- Next-generation system platform is adaptable ‘From Lab to Fab’
Wafer-level photonic device test
- State-of-the-art, mixed-signal electro-optical probing
- Reproducible low-loss alignment to single/multiple optical I/O ports
- Full device referencing/traceability as well as vital wafer yield data
- Fully adaptable to different PIC I/O designs and material systems
High-precision device stacking & unstacking
- Precision stacking/unstacking for semiconductor laser diode bars
- Nominal +/- 2 µm, optional +/- 0.5 µm stacking accuracy
- Integrated high-end flowbox and Class 1 laser safety
- Optional optical facet and side wall inspection
An automated microwelding station for photonics
- 2 or 3-beam Nd:YAG laser microwelding configurations
- Multi-point or seam welding for ferruled optical components
- Assembled device test-&-qualify, post-weld shift correction
- For terrestrial, aerospace and space satellite applications
Controlled by our flexible process control software, our machines become much more than just the sum of their partsLearn more
Suitable for R&D, process development, complex stand-alone and batch manufacturing, as well as high-volume in-line production
Flexible and scalable options already enable customized assembly and testing solutions suitable for early device development, for new product introduction (NPI), in batch manufacturing, and all the way up to high-volume production facilities involving multiple lines – both for contract manufacturing and for in-house R&D & production.
Your Vision Expressed Via Our Process Capabilities
Our production systems embody the customer process, described via a selection of our cutting-edge production capabilities
With over 1000 systems installed worldwide for diverse applications, only ficonTEC offers sufficient breadth and depth of expertise
Assembly and testing remain the highest cost factors in photonic integrated circuit (PIC) production. To address this issue, international collaborations around the globe are actively researching new manufacturing concepts for PIC technology. The goal of these projects is to provide industry with an eco-system that will enable manufacturing to progress from the 1000s to the 100,000s and even millions, from single chip assembly to wafer-level approaches.
ficonTEC has consistently retained involvement in these initiatives in order to stay ahead of industry requirement. Add to this 20 years of development, continually working closely with the customer, and an invaluable modular approach to machine equipment design – all this uniquely places ficonTEC in a position to thoroughly describe your production requirements in terms of industry qualified process capabilities.
Challenge our applications development and process automation teams with your innovative products!
What Is Photonics Assembly And Test?
Photonic devices harness light for many important societal applications. How are these devices assembled?
A brief introduction to an increasingly critical aspect in photonic device manufacturing
The assembly (align-&-attach) of micro-optical elements, fiber-optic connections and/or optoelectronic chips and components in to finished and qualified photonic devices is what we at ficonTEC categorize as photonics assembly & test. To a degree, this incorporates ‘packaging’ too. Typical devices include telecom/datacom transceivers (TOSA/ROSA/BOSA), infrastructure devices for 5G networks, 3D laser scanners for use in commercial sensing as well as automotive and aerospace (lidar) systems, integrated photonic integrated circuits (PICs), high-power multi-emitter laser assemblies, micro-optical and optofluidic systems, integrated camera modules, and much more.
Advanced automation of the assembly process steps requires multi-axis, sub-micron-accuracy (passive/active) component alignment, and subsequent bonding using (UV-) epoxy compounds, thermal-based or laser soldering and/or laser welding. In particular, all manufacturing steps need to be compliant with stringent and often individual requirements for yield, process repeatability and performance reliability, while still enabling minimal process cycle time and minimum downtime.
In-production devices, from simple devices such as laser diode chips and VCSELs, all the way up to the more complex devices noted above, all additionally need testing both at various stages during assembly and at ‘end-of-line’. This often encompasses burn-in, LIV tests, beam and spectral characterization, as well as device design validation and performance verification.
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Recent News & Upcoming Events
ficonTEC blog entries, company news and product developments,
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ficonTEC drives North America expansion with UCF/CREOL
EPIC CEO Award 2021 goes to Torsten Vahrenkamp
Significant challenge and responsibility we currently face at ficonTEC
Core support for integrated photonics manufacturing
VLC Photonics receives new Wafer-level Test system from ficonTEC
Business/Corporate – News
ficonTEC has appointed Augusto Mandelli as Global Director Sales, Service and Marketing.
Pre-installed example optical element and fiber align-&-attach processes on the CL1500
Cooperation between ficonTEC Service and RoboTechnik Intelligent Technology
Mixed-signal testing for volume applications raises a number of issues.
Photonics West 2021 News
ficonTEC to take part in Photonics West 2021 Digital Marketplace.
Automated Strip, Cleave & Insert
For anyone needing to connectorize fiber ribbon, watch this.
COBO SiPh manufacturing poll
Time to Manufacturing’ results from the COBO SiPh Co-Packaging webcast
PHIX Photonics Partnership
ficonTEC and PHIX partner to enable HVM
Convergence in device manufacturing
ficonTEC systems are already LiDAR and co-packaged-optics-ready.
System Visibility Online
Most relationships are strictly bound by NDAs, but systems are visible online.
Collaboration with Fraunhofer
Our connection with the Fraunhofer network of research institutes.
WE ARE HIRING
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We offer interested students of technical disciplines the opportunity to gain an insight into our company through an internship semester or a student research project. You can expect a wide range of tasks in the areas of research and development. Due to the continuously increasing demand for automation for micro-assembly tasks, we are on a growth course and are constantly looking for motivated and qualified employees.
If you are looking for new challenges, why not share your skills with us? We are looking forward to your meaningful application!