Innovative photonics development since 1970

CIP research, design, develop, manufacture and test photonic devices. We specialise in hybrid integration, and work with both commercial and academic customers to produce world-leading photonic products. CIP have been at the center of fiber optic and photonic research and development since 1970.

Photos of the CIP headquarters

Views of CIP headquarters and laboratories, Martlesham Heath

World leaders in photonic hybrid integration

CIP specialise in hybrid integration, combining materially different components on a single platform to create innovative photonic devices.

World-leading photonic services and equipment all under one roof

Working with CIP you have access to our services, equipment and more than 600 years of photonics knowledge all under one roof.

World-class products

We have a large range of passive, active and hybrid photonic devices designed for research, optical sensing, defense and aerospace, data communications and telecommunication applications.


CIP are heavily involved in collaborative research projects that promote the use of photonics to solve real-world problems and develop new applications for photonics devices. CIP work with partners on European Union funded photonic and optoelectronic projects and Government funded initiatives and with Universities and Research Institutes to develop innovative optoelectronic and photonic devices.


CIP are ISO9001:2000 registered and approved.

The early days

Our core team were instrumental in the development of EDFAs and SOAs along with buried hetrostructure multi quantum well device structures using MOCVD.

A brief history of CIP
CIP acquired by Huawei
CIP release the world’s first 60GHz reflective EAM device
CIP release hybrid SOA-EAM device
Commercial launch of CIP
EEDA takes ownership of Research Center after Corning exit the UK
Corning establish site as Corning Research Center
Products commercialised through BT&D and Kymata
BT invest in hardware at the site now known as BTRL
BT forms the Fibre Optics Group at Martlesham Heath