Future photonic chip modules will look a lot like todays electronic chip packages

except for a small shiny area on the surface..

Peter Harmsma, program manager at CITC will be the moderator of the 2021 edition of the Photonic Integration Conference. Peter has a background in integrated photonics. He is a senior scientist at TNO with special interest in photonic sensing, and currently acts as program manager photonic packaging at CITC.

Interview

Question 1: What drives you?
I’m fascinated by technology, and enjoy finding solutions that do not yet exist for real-world problems: technology, not just because you can, but because someone needs it.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
The line-up of speakers is impressive, and this will be a very interesting conference.

Question 3: What emerging technologies / trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
For photonics in general: efficient and low-cost integration of active and passive material systems. In applications: integration with electronics, low-cost packaging, packaging for sensors.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Photonic solutions becoming more wide-spread, definetely in data / telecom but also moving towards consumer products (computers, game consoles etc.) as well as in sensors (biosensors, environmental sensing etc.).

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Volume. If volumes are high, costs will drop while product yield and reproducibility will increase, but getting there is difficult. Chicken & egg.

About CITC
CITC is a non-profit joint innovation center that specializes in heterogeneous integration and advanced chip packaging technology. It is a place where companies, research and educational institutes work together on bridging the gap from academics to industry and create new and better solutions. We offer access to innovation, infrastructure and education.

Peter Harmsma is moderator at the 2021 edition of the Photonic Integration Conference.

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