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AIM Photonics participants to take long view at Roadmap Meeting at MIT March 26-27, 2018.
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Tom Marrapode, Director of Advanced Technology Development at Molex Optical Solutions Group, speaks about work on board-level optical interconnects at the AIM Photonics Academy fall 2017 meeting. Photo, Melissa Renzi, SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

Industry and academic leaders from across the country and around the world will gather at MIT on Monday and Tuesday, March 26-27, 2018, for the spring AIM Photonics Technical Roadmap Meeting, titled “Photonic Integration 2035: Economics, Technology and Manufacturing.”

This marks the 20th year that the Photonics Roadmap meetings have been held. Begun under the Microphotonics Center at MIT as gatherings of 50 experts, the Roadmap meetings have grown to more than 200 people representing the technology supply chain, from materials to systems to end-users.

“This is the premier gathering of leaders implementing photonics technology,” says Professor Lionel Kimerling, executive of AIM Photonics Academy, which is the MIT-based education and workforce development arm of AIM Photonics. AIM Photonics is one of 14 public-private manufacturing innovation institutes created as part of a federal initiative to revitalize American manufacturing.

Participants will “gauge the system requirements and technology needs to maintain the ongoing exponential product ramp in the field,” Kimerling says. The March meeting includes time for breakout groups that focus on different technology areas covered in the Roadmap, where companies that normally compete against one another can participate in productive pre-competitive discussions.

“I have been very engaged in AIM Photonics Academy’s Roadmap meetings and technical working groups,” said Yi Qian, vice president of product management at MRSI. “I want to be part of the discussion with some of the world’s top experts of where integrated photonics is headed.”

At the spring meeting, AIM Photonics Academy and the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) plan to incubate Application Interest Groups (AIGs) in sensors, data centers, analog RF signal applications, LIDAR and phased array imaging. These industry-led initiatives have the potential to turn into AIM Photonics-funded technical projects.

The Integrated Photonic Systems Roadmap (IPSR), which can be downloaded from the iNEMI and AIM Photonics Academy websites, is more than 400 pages long, and continues to be updated to include new chapters and findings. Close to 1,000 people from more than 300 organizations in 17 countries have participated in the creation of the Roadmap.

AIM Photonics Academy and iNEMI are also collaborating on a Roadmap workshop at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference March 12, 2018, in San Diego. At that conference, Kimerling and Director of Roadmapping Robert Pfahl will discuss grand challenges and key needs for commercially viable, high-volume manufacturing of photonic-enabled functionality.
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Julie Diop, Materials Research Laboratory, AIM Photonics Academy
February 26, 2018

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Eindhoven University of Technology Professor Meint Smit speaks about “Photonic Integrated Circuits: How Foundries Transform Prototyping” during the spring 2017 AIM Photonics Roadmap meeting at MIT. Photo, Denis Paiste, MIT MRL