MORPHIC Approach

In MORPHIC, we will enhance an established Silicon Photonics platform with MEMS actuators so photonic circuits can be programmed, and reprogrammed, for a variety of optical functions with built-in redundancy and resilience. To achieve that, MORPHIC will introduce:

  • Low-power photonic MEMS actuators into silicon photonics

  • Non-volatile mechanical latching operation

  • Programmable connectivity implemented in a large-scale circuit matrix

MORPHIC will validate both the silicon photonic MEMS technology and the FP-PIC platform on three applications that benefit from low-power reconfigurability: an optical switch matrix, an optical beam forming network and a programmable microwave photonics filter.

Morphic Meetings


The MORPHIC consortium is especially well suited to realise the ambitions defined above. It combines all the relevant expertise in silicon photonics, large photonic circuits and circuit design, MEMS and especially waveguide-based MEMS. The starting point of the technology development is based on an IMEC’s established technology platform that has demonstrated world-class performance. The two industrial players (VLC, COM), as well as two industrially oriented research centres (IMEC, TYN) guarantee a broad perspective on the possible application and provide a scaling route to volume production beyond MORPHIC.

News & Updates

  • Read the review paper on programmable photonics in Nature by Wim Bogaerts and his co-authors.

  • We had our second review meeting (online) on 8 October 2020

  • We had our eighth general meeting on August 27th and 28th,  2020. It was an online meet-up due to COVID-19.

  • The seventh general meeting was scheduled to be hosted by KTH in Stockholm, Sweden on April 27th and 28th,  2020. But due to COVID-19, it was changed to an online meetup.

  • The sixth general meeting was hosted by EPFL in Saas-Grund, Switzerland, on January 9th and 10th, 2020.

  • The fifth general meeting was hosted by Tyndall National Institute in Dublin, Ireland, on September 26th and 27th, 2019.

  • Morphic just got a lot of visibility at the IEEE Summer Topical 2019 meeting in Ft. Lauderdale.

  • The fourth general meeting was hosted by Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland, on March 20th and 21st, 2019.

  • The third general meeting was hosted by EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, on November 15th and 16th, 2018.

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