The MicroAlign origins
The MicroAlign technology idea was born from a Ph.D. project performed at the Eindhoven University of Technology, and part of the MEMPHIS II program funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). Fine alignment of independent optical fibers in a fiber array represented an intriguing solution to optimize the fiber-to-chip coupling coefficient for each optical port, without impacting the photonic chip design.
Boosting our development with seed funding
A micro-positioning system capable of aligning multiple optical fibers has been invented at MicroAlign and represents our core technology. The potential of the alignment system in relaxing assembly tolerances in the photonic manufacturing industry has motivated the team to explore the market potential of the new technology.
Our development is funded by national and regional financing schemes and by seed funding options available through Dutch organizations.
MicroAlign was awarded in 2019 with the Take-Off phase 1 grant from NWO, employed to perform our first technical and commercial feasibility study,
The grant MRE Metropoolregio Eindhoven was awared in 2020, for which MicroAlign has developed part of the technology used to fix optical fibers in position after the alignment is performed.
The Take-Off phase 2 grant was obtained in 2021, a stronger boost to start building the company.
The Thematic Technology Transfer program and PhotonDelta added additional funding in 2021, together with access to a strong photonics-based industry network.
In 2022 MicroAlign was granted an EU subsidy, together with an international consortium of relevant companies in the field of photonics.
MicroAlign operates with access to the highly equipped TU/e facilities and to the Nanolab Eindhoven cleanroom and can leverage the developed photonic, electronic, and mechanical knowledge to propose a quality solution.
Meet our company
MicroAlign team consists of talented individuals who have led the company forward and put it on the map in the world of photonics.