First Integrated Photonics Institute in USA will open soon

The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) congratulates SUNY Polytechnic Institute and other members of the New York consortium on their selection as the country’s first Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI).

Proposed as part of President Obama’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), the IP-IMI was established to bring government, industry and academia together to advance state-of-the-art photonics technology and better position the United States relative to global competition in this critical field.

Vice President Joe Biden announced on July 27th, the new American Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) Photonics, an important step for the industry in general. He expects to hire about 100 scientists and other experts and get to work on a handful of research projects within about five months.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute was joined by University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology and a regional cluster of photonics businesses to submit the proposal that was selected from among three finalists. The Department of Defense (DOD) has committed to investing $110 million in the IP-IMI. The other two finalists were University of Central Florida and University of Southern California.

With this step the industry will have a lower threshold to start developing Photonic Integrated Circuits, by using the multi-project wafer service. In Europe JePPIX and partners have shown already that the multi-project wafer service, which commercially started in 2014, is very successful. Europe has invested over € 50 million in this technology. Next steps will be taken the coming years, and the European Roadmap will show fast developments.

For the market and competition it is good that at both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, Photonic Integration is taking of rapidly.

Optics and photonics are the science and application of light. Specifically, photonics generates, controls and detects light to advance robotics, manufacturing, medical imaging, next-generation displays, defense technologies, biometric security, image processing, communications, astronomy and much more. Integrated photonics circuits incorporate multiple miniature optical structures to manipulate and control beams of light, in the same way that integrated electronic circuits control electrons, in order to encode, transmit and decode information. A major goal for the IP-IMI will be to develop low-cost, high volume, manufacturing methods to interface electronic integrated circuits with integrated photonic devices.

ABOUT THE NPI: The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) is a collaborative alliance among industry, academia and government to raise awareness of photonics and the impact of photonics on our everyday lives; increase cooperation and coordination among US industry, government and academia to advance photonics-driven fields; and drive US funding and investment in areas of photonics critical to maintaining US economic competitiveness and national security. The initiative is being led by top scientific societies including the American Physical Society (APS), the IEEE Photonics Society, the Laser Institute of America (LIA), The Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics.

 

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