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Bridging Photonics and Computing, Oct 26

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The silicon chip has been the mainstay of the electronics industry for the last 40 years and has revolutionized the way the world operates. Today a silicon chip the size of a fingernail contains over one billion transistors and has the computing power that only a decade ago would take up an entire room of servers. Recently silicon photonics has attracted a great deal of attention since it offers an opportunity for low cost opto-electronic solutions for applications ranging from telecommunications down to chip-to-chip interconnects as well as possible applications in new emerging areas such as optical sensing and or bio-medical applications.

Recent advances and research breakthroughs in silicon photonic device performance over the last few years have shown that silicon can be considered as a material onto which one can build future optical devices. While significant efforts are needed to improve device performance and to “commercialize” these technologies, progress is moving at a rapid rate. If successful, silicon may similarly come to impact optical communications as it has impacted the electronics industry.

This presentation will provide an overview of silicon photonics research at Intel Corporation, describe some of the recent advances including the recently announced demonstration of an integrated silicon photonics optical link operating at 50Gbps and the scalability of this technology to >1Tbps. In addition the presentation will provide an overview and discuss the potential applications and future opportunities for enabling “photonics” in and around the PC and server platform.

Dr. Mario Paniccia is an Intel Fellow and Director of the Photonic Technology Lab at Intel Corporation. Mario currently directs a research group focused in the area of Silicon Photonics. The team is developing silicon-based photonic building blocks for future use in enterprise and data center communications. Mario has worked in many areas of optical technologies during his career at Intel including optical testing for leading edge microprocessors, optical communications and optical interconnects. His teams pioneering activities in silicon photonics have led to many firsts such as the first silicon modulator with bandwidth >1GHz (2004) and then the first at 40Gb/s (2007). The first continuous wave Raman silicon laser breakthrough (2005) and together with UCSB, the world’s first “Hybrid Silicon Laser” (2006). Mario has won numerous awards including in November 2004 Mario being awarded by Scientific American to be one of the top 50 researchers for his teams work in the area of silicon photonics. In October 2008 Dr Paniccia was named by R&D Magazine as “Scientist of the year” for his teams pioneering research in the area of Silicon Photonics. In 2011 he was awarded “innovator of the year” by EE times ACE award for his teams pioneering efforts in demonstrating the world’s first 50G integrated Silicon photonics link. He has published numerous papers, including 3 Nature papers, 3 book chapters, and has over 65 patents issued or pending. He is a fellow of IEEE, OSA and SPIE. Mario earned a B.S. degree in Physics in 1988 from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Ph.D. degree in Solid State Physics from Purdue University in 1994.

For more info: www.intel.com/go/sp