TechLane Ghent Science Park welcomes HomeLab and Brolis

(18-10-2017) Opening of HomeLab at Tech Lane Ghent Science Park and new R&D division of Brolis

HomeLab on TechLane Ghent Science ParkHomeLab, a project of imec and Ghent University, is the first independent testing ground for smart home applications and services in Europe. It focuses on testing and co-developing smart home innovations in a variety of application domains - from home automation and (health)care to entertainment, energy and security.

HomeLab is a two-story house (600m2) in which researchers and users can live temporarily to test and co-create Internet of Things (IoT) prototypes or products. With technical corridors in every room and an open home automation system, it offers tremendous flexibility to install smart products and test their interoperability with other systems.


Brolis starts a new R&D division for silicon photonics in Belgium

UAB Brolis Semiconductors announced the incorporation of a new R&D division – Brolis Semiconductors BVBA on TechLane Ghent Science Park. The Belgian entity will focus on the design and development of novel cutting-edge integrated photonic systems, combining Brolis proprietary III-V technology of long-wave infrared light sources and CMOS compatible photonic integrated circuit technology. CMOS technology is the most widely used and most developed technology for producing today’s integrated circuits used in every electronic device at very large volumes resulting in low cost/chip and widespread abundance. Special emphasis is directed towards development of a new OEM GaSb/Silicon-on-insulator system-on-a-chip laser sensor technology for sensing applications in the 1.5 – 3.5 micron spectral range and beyond for healthcare and industrial markets. Successful cooperation with the Photonics Research Group of Ghent University provided a decisive push towards making directional efforts in commercialization of the GaSb/SOI technology. 

This investment testifies of the strong reputation of Flanders in photonics R&D. Companies are choosing the Flemish region for R&D activities because of the presence of world class universities and research institutes combined with a friendly fiscal environment for research driven businesses.