About IPSR

The Integrated Photonic Systems Roadmap (IPSR) is a collaborative program organized by the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) and the MIT Microphotonics Center (MIT-MphC), and funded by the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics).

The goal of IPSR is to address the technology gaps and challenges that are limiting the advancement of hardware technology for integrated photonic system manufacturing.

Initially, IPSR is focusing on bringing together the fragmented, customization-focused photonics industry, along with academic-based and other research technologists, to collaboratively develop a common roadmap for low-cost, high-volume manufacturing of photonic systems for data and telecommunication systems. This roadmap:

  • Defines broad future system needs
  • Defines gaps and roadblocks affecting integrated photonic system manufacturing
  • Will be used to guide manufacturing research and address systems requirements for networks that fully exploit the power of photonics

Follow-on steps will be devoted to building a shared manufacturing platform for cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing and to fostering growth of a stable technology supply chain in the United States. 


With Internet traffic increasing by 40 to 50 percent annually, new light-based technologies—or photonics—are considered the best option for keeping up with exponentially growing demand for communicating and processing information.  Poised for rapid growth, the nation’s photonic-component manufacturing industry must migrate from competing in a high-margin, low-volume telecommunications market to serving high-volume markets spawned by the convergence of the Internet with a growing array of information technologies and services.  While fiber optic cables are used to transmit data over long distances, photonic technologies are edging into a variety of other uses, all the way down to on-chip communications.  The biggest opportunities, perhaps, may be in integrating electronic and photonics technologies into single systems rather than the assortments of discrete units that exist today.  Realizing these opportunities requires development of high-volume mass manufacturing, assembly, and packaging technologies and processes that are reliable and cost-effective.

IPSR Methodology

IPSR is integrating, and expanding upon, the roadmapping efforts of iNEMI and of the MIT Photonics Center to address both the systems needs and the manufacturing needs of integrated photonics. 

Working Groups

Eight coordinated Technology Working Groups (TWGs) and six Product Emulator Groups (PEGs) will develop the roadmap. These groups are similar to existing iNEMI and Microphotonics Center TWGs and PEGs, and include many members of existing iNEMI-MIT groups, but their charters are more tightly focused.

The eight IPSR TWGs are:

The six PEGs are:

Click here for more details about the IPSR Roadmap and the TWGs and PEGs, including scope and leadership of each.

Cost Models

Another important activity of the consortium is the development of technology-based models for the cost, energy, and environmental implications of various component and architecture alternatives for the two emulators under consideration.  The IPSR cost emulator is being developed by Dr. Randy Kirchain and Professor Elsa Olivetti of MIT; industry participants will provide the functional cost objectives. For more information.


All previous participants in relevant iNEMI, ITRS, HIR and MIT MicroPhotonics Technology Working Groups, as well as additional stakeholders are invited to participate in IPSR’s focused “integrated photonics” effort.  Key organizations including universities, research institutes, SMEs (small and medium enterprises), customers, and the vertical supply chain will be invited to participate.  Participation and attendance at all meetings of IPSR is by invitation, but all stakeholders who are willing to devote time and effort to achieve the goals of IPSR are encouraged to participate.  

Find out how to get involved.

IPSR Leadership

Former iNEMI Vice President of Operations Robert C. Pfahl Jr. is the Director of the IPSR and of AIM Academy. See additional information about IPSR leadership, including bios and photos.

About AIM Photonics

The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics), is an industry driven public-private partnership that focuses the nation’s premiere capabilities and expertise to capture critical global manufacturing leadership in a technology that is both essential to national security and positioned to provide a compelling return on investment to the U.S. economy. The Institute’s goal is to emulate the dramatic successes experienced by the electronics industry over the past 40 years and transition key lessons, processes, and approaches to the photonic integrated circuit (PIC) industry. AIM Photonics supports small and medium enterprises, providing practical access and technology on-ramps for U.S. industry, government and academic communities. The group is creating a national PIC manufacturing infrastructure, widely accessible and inherently flexible to meet the challenges of the marketplace with practical, innovative solutions.