This paper reports about the fabrication and experimental test of an interferometric light intensity modulator integrated in a low loss (0.7 dB/cm), amorphous silicon based waveguide. It measures approximately 1 mm in length, while its cross section is 30-μm-wide and 3-μm-high. The device, which exploits the strong thermo-optic effect in thin film a-Si for its operation, is designed for application at the infrared wavelengths of 1.3 and 1.55 μm. The measured maximum operating on-off switching frequency of the device is 600 kHz. The very simple fabrication technology involves maximum process temperatures of 230 °C, and is therefore compatible with the standard microelectronic technology. This offers a new opportunity for the integration of optical and electronic functions on the same substrate.