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Members of an international collaboration initiated by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley used a commercially available CMOS fabrication process to develop a photonic switch based on MEMS technology. The ability to microfabricate a MEMS switch using an unmodified CMOS process moves the MEMS technology toward industrialization, as the platform is compatible with most current technologies.
It is also a cost-effective method, making it well suited for high-volume production. Currently, engineers rely on nonstandard and complex processes in laboratory environments to fabricate most MEMS photonic switches, making mass production and commercialization difficult.
The collaborators fabricated the switch on…READ MORE