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USC Chair Claims It Takes a Village

Reporting from the OASIS6 Conference and Exhibition on Optics and Electro Optics in Tel Aviv, as part of the EPIC delegation to Israel, well-known professor, Alan Wilner, spoke at the opening session. His message was mainly about the US needing to be more strategic about investing in photonics (meaning government spending), and “transcending the individual.”…

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Singapore: GlobalFoundries/Coherent/Poet

As a delegate to the EPIC mission to Singapore, this writer was impressed by the entrepreneurial enthusiasm, work ethic, and exceptional hospitality of the people in the country. While I am hardly a fan in general of public-private partnerships or too much of an emphasis on technology development at universities in which the best engineers…

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Infinera’s Biggest Concern is Ciena

A commonly heard phrase over the years has been that nobody gets fired for buying from Cisco Systems. When it comes to optical networking products, we have reached the stage in which the same can be said for Ciena, although we believe it has come about despite its top leadership. While both Infinera and its…

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AIM Photonics Will Miss Target (Part II) — Limited Job Creation

As we continue our critical look on the prospects of AIM Photonics, we will maintain our focus on the hurdles faced by this new organization. Secondly, fibeReality will get into greater detail on what is sometimes falsely cited as an example of a successful Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in the chip space, Sematech, as well as…

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AIM Photonics Will Miss Target (Part I)

At “The Workshop on Integrated Photonics High Volume Packaging” that took place in Anaheim the week of OFC 2016, Thomas L. Koch, the Dean at the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona gave a refreshingly realistic presentation of the historic challenges involved with packaging chips, as well as a recitation of some…

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OpSIS’ Demise: Politically Incorrect Si Photonic Wafers

This past July, OpSIS announced that the program funding its core operations for silicon photonic Multi-Project Wafers (MPWs) had ended and that it would cease operations. Evidently, the US government around that time was uninterested in supporting the continued existence of the foundry, which had been receiving all of its capital from the private sector….

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