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Expected impact

The key element of the ICT Programme theme is improving the competiveness of European industry and enabling Europe to master and shape future developments in ICT, in order to achieve and stimulate the impacts for industrial product, service and process innovations. The approach to reach these goals in the  FIREFLY project (and listed in Topic ICT-2011.3.5) is the development of a disruptive photonic technology, in combination with miniaturisation and cost effective production routes for strategic applications of innovative components for future applications in information and communication technologies, for higher performance and/or low cost products. Also potential new, cost efficient production routes is one of the objectives of this topic.

FIREFLY will result in the implementation and integration of new nano-structured components and the associated processing strategy for the production of photonic devices for the optical and ICT industry. This will lead to a new generation of high added value, competitive smart components with nano-structure designed performance that can replace whole devices in, for example, computing systems.

After successful execution of the project, integrated photonic structures and devices are obtained, having specific properties for optical data communication. A summary of the impact of these new materials with respect to the expected impacts listed in the call are shown in the table underneath.

Requested impact in the call

Expected impact foreseen in the project

Implementation of disruptive photonic technology in industrial applications

Combine new polymer based photonic components with large scale flexible production process

Innovative materials for future applications in information and communication technologies

The use of new photonic crystal structures will enhance the efficiency in light out-coupling of the State-of-the-art light sources and will reduce energy consumption for optical data generation and data processing applications.

Higher performance materials

The development of new materials and components that will be used in printable waveguides will lead to smaller optical structures and devices. This is needed for the development and miniaturization of optical data-transmission in future computers.

Cost efficient production routes

The replacement of top-down, slow and small scale production processes with bottom-up, faster and larger scale templated assembly processes increases production speed and throughput, with reduced costs.