Integrated Photonics: Grand Challenges and Key Needs for 2018

AIM Photonics Academy Roadmap Webinar Series

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 11:00am

 

Abstract
The drive to continue the performance scaling of commercial electronic systems at the current pace of 1000x/10yr has created a strong demand for converged electronic-photonic systems. Massive build-outs of data centers, 5G communications and augmented reality will lead this technology transition in the near term.  Electronic circuits and systems represent a very efficient and reliable incumbent technology that is increasingly difficult to replace by simple retrofit.  Active optical cables are an example of such retrofit technology.  The convergence transition consists of four grand challenges: 

  • integration
  • standardization
  • cross-market platforms
  • supply chain coordination  
Though each is a prerequisite for the other and, therefore, sequential in introduction, all four have key needs to be fulfilled in 2018.
 
Integration. For silicon IC chips, integration has delivered cost and functionality benefits.  No similar benefit path has been satisfactorily defined for integrated photonics: a technology for increasing integration level at constant chip size is a critical need.  
 
Standardization.  Standardization on the silicon wafer platform is generally accepted. Adoption of a common capital equipment, package, test and design infrastructure is a critical need.  
 
Cross-Market Platforms. Two cross-market platforms will lead in 2018: transceivers and RF signal processing. Development of functional design blocks that can be ported to specialized applications is a critical need. 
 
Supply Chain Coordination. Supply chain coordination will determine the real path for commercial products. Three- to five-year technology roadmaps for each supply chain node, from materials to end users, will critically determine design and build options, along with final cost.
 

Invited Participants & Registration

This year we are inviting those organizations that participated in developing the 2017 IPSR to join this webinar:
  • AIM Photonics members
  • IPRS contributors
  • Microphotonics Center members
  • iNEMI members
  • OIDA members
  • World Technology Mapping Forum
To join the webinar you must be a member of one of these organizations. Advanced registration is required — register now.
 

About the Speaker

Lionel C. Kimerling, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the AIM Photonics Academy and the founding Director of the MIT Microphotonics Center, where he conducts an active research program in the design and processing of semiconductor materials and devices.

Dr. Kimerling’s research has had a fundamental impact on the understanding of chemical and electrical properties of defects in semiconductors and in the use of this knowledge for processing yield and component reliability. His research teams have enabled long-lived telecommunications lasers, developed semiconductor diagnostic methods such as DLTS, SEM-EBIC and RF-PCD, and pioneered silicon microphotonics.

His MIT research on silicon processing has addressed integrated circuit fabrication, microphotonic materials and devices, solar energy conversion and environmentally benign integrated circuit manufacturing. His group's microphotonics research has produced a series of first-ever achievements with the goal of monolithic integration of optical interconnection with integrated microelectronic circuit chips.
 

About AIM Photonics Academy

The AIM Photonics Academy, based at MIT, launched in 2016 as the education, workforce development, and roadmapping arm of the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics), one of 14 public-private manufacturing innovation institutes launched as part of a federal initiative to revitalize American manufacturing.      
 
AIM Photonics Academy’s mission is to educate the current and future workforce in integrated photonics – technologies that will lead to the next generation of faster and more power-efficient chips. It is spearheading the educational initiatives for a new industry in the emerging and transformative field of integrated photonics, at every level of technical expertise that correlates with the needs of small businesses as well as large enterprises. AIM Photonics Academy also leads the creation of a technology roadmap that will guide the $350 billion semiconductor industry in this new direction.