Towards an end-to-end photonics ecosystem – Interview with Michael Liehr, AIM Photonics

Michael Liehr

Towards an end-to-end photonics ecosystem – Interview with Michael Liehr, AIM Photonics

Michael Liehr is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) of Integrated Photonics and the SUNY Poly Executive Vice President for Technology and Innovation

The American Institute for Manufacturing Photonics (AIM Photonics) installed by former U.S. President Obama, is a manufacturing consortium headquartered in NY, with funding from the US Department of Defense, New York State, California and Massachusetts, and industrial partners to advance the state of the art in the design, manufacture, testing, assembly, and packaging of integrated photonic devices. “Our mission is to create a national institute supporting the end-to-end integrated photonics manufacturing ecosystem in the U.S. by expanding upon a highly successful public-private partnership model with open-access to world-class shared-use resources and capabilities.

Our emphasis is on overall reduction of manufacturing cost and design complexity to reduce the barrier to entry in this” says Michael Liehr. He focuses on the creation of new semiconductor and related industries business opportunities, and is responsible for the effective and efficient operation of the SUNY Poly industrial programs including SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s strategic 300mm advanced CMOS line, integrated photonic semiconductor and 3D packaging and the 150mm SiC power electronics. Continue reading “Towards an end-to-end photonics ecosystem – Interview with Michael Liehr, AIM Photonics”

Big tech companies would do wise to follow developments in photonics closely – Interview with Dan Holladay, BRIDG

Dan Holladay

Big tech companies would do wise to follow developments in photonics closely – Interview with Dan Holladay, BRIDG

Dan Holladay is executive director of operations and technology programs at BRIDG, an open innovation platform for the semiconductor industry based in the US. Last year he signed a partnership with PhotonDelta in Eindhoven to exchange knowledge, skills and talent in photonics and semiconductor technology.

Holladay has great hope for photonics to bring the world into the ‘terabit era’ when sensors will be infinitely cheaper and higher resolution than they are now. “Think Star Trek or the Jetsons,” he says. “It’s going to be real science fiction.”

On the 26th of September Dan Holladay will speak at the Photonics Integration Conference at High Tech Campus Eindhoven about how innovation platforms can help scale up manufacturing in photonics.

How is photonics going to change technology?
“Photonics will produce new sensor technologies that are needed to enable breakthroughs in fields like robotics, health care, autonomous systems like driverless cars, and food quality. Once photonics devices are integrated and apps are written around them, that’s what’s really going to grow the Internet of Things.” Continue reading “Big tech companies would do wise to follow developments in photonics closely – Interview with Dan Holladay, BRIDG”

Photonic integration in the future access market – Interview with Professor John Marsh, University of Glasgow

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“With a bit of luck and cooperation of the major stakeholders in the public market, we will have in about two years time faster internet connections”, according to professor John Marsh. But the far east will be the first to enjoy this advantage, as they have invested heavily in fibre optic systems over the past decade rather than relying on old copper networks like Europe and North America. On top of that it is of immense importance that the leading access network companies in the world agree on standards that include a robust roadmap for the next 15 years. Continue reading “Photonic integration in the future access market – Interview with Professor John Marsh, University of Glasgow”