Alter Technology opens €6m Photonics Design Centre to accelerate commercialization of photonic products into quantum technology & space markets

By Sandra Helsel posted 05 Apr 2022

(EE.News.Europe) Alter Technology has opened a €6m Photonics Design Centre at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow to  accelerate the commercialisation of highly-integrated photonic products into quantum technology and space markets.  Inside Quantum Technology summarizes the announcement below.

Alter Technology has opened a €6m Photonics Design Centre at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.
The design centre aims to accelerate the commercialisation of highly-integrated photonic products into quantum technology and space markets.
The Centre is based in Strathclyde’s Technology & Innovation Centre (TIC) in Glasgow City Innovation District, will support Alter Technology Group’s development of highly-integrated, photonic devices for quantum-enabled positioning, navigation and timing systems and photonic-based satellite optical communications.
Over the next three to five years, the Spanish Group will allocate €6M to the Design Centre and its UK manufacturing site in Livingston, West Lothian, to fund equipment, facilities, personnel and other research and development costs.
Its existing manufacturing site will also benefit from additional investment in associated state-of-the-art robotic based manufacturing equipment and processes for photonic products.
The Centre’s engineering team is already working on projects and customer requests and expects to move into its new Glasgow facility in May. The Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics and Strathclyde’s Institute of Photonics – key partners for Alter Technology – are based within the same building, with the Physics Department teams nearby.

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