Most authoritative scenarios for the development of technology show optimistic views on how our life will be changed by personal communication, by an ambient, intelligent, comfortable and safe environment, by continuous health monitoring and by early detection of threats from nature, technical failure and human activities. These areas of interest require new complex miniaturized devices with fastly increasing functionalities against the lowest possible cost price which cannot be fulfilled with present micro-electronic technology alone.
The limitations of present electronics require a new massive converging technology based on complementary characteristics of "micro- and nano-electronics" and "micro- and nano-photonics", utilizing the best of both technology worlds. A low cost combination of the processing power of classical CMOS IC technology, the high frequency capabilities of modern High Frequency (HF) electronics and the large bandwidths offered by integrated photonics creates the technology for novel broadband miniaturized electronic-photonic devices. This would open the way to major new applications for the use of light, in medical diagnostics, for healthcare, entertainment, telecommunications, tracking and positioning. Underlying technologies are Ultra-fast Signal Processing, Terahertz Imaging, Broadband Communication Technologies, Sensor Technology, Raman-spectroscopy, Laser Imaging and Light Sources.
The goal of the MEMPHIS project is the research and development of an integrated electronic-photonic technology platform (Silicon logic, HF, nano-electronics and photonics) to provide a broad range of multi-function miniaturized electronic-photonic devices.