April 5-7, 2022|Santa Clara Convention Center| Santa Clara, CA

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Keynote – Progress Enabled: The Convergence of Photonic & Electronic ICs


John Bowers  (Fred Kavli Chair of Nanotechnology, University of California, Santa Barbara)

Location: Elizabeth A. Hangs Theater

Date: Tuesday, April 5

Time: 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Track: Keynote, 03. Integrating Photonics & Wireless in Electrical Design

Format: Keynote

Theme : Data Centers, High-speed Communications

Education Level: All

Pass Type: 2-Day Pass, All Access Pass, Expo Pass

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

Advancements are happening that will drive the future direction of the data center, and put silicon photonics at the heart of this push. Silicon photonics is advancing rapidly in performance and capability with multiple fabrication facilities and foundries having advanced passive and active devices, including modulators, photodetectors, and lasers. Integration of photonics with electronics has been key to increasing the speed and aggregate bandwidth of silicon photonics-based assemblies, with multiple approaches to achieving transceivers with capacities of 3.2 Tbps and higher. Progress in electronics has been rapid as well, with state-of-the-art chips including switches having many tens of billions of transistors. However, the electronic system performance is often limited by the input/output (I/O) and the power required to drive connections at a speed of tens of Gbps. Fortunately, the convergence of progress in silicon photonics and electronics means that co- packaged silicon photonics and electronics enable the continued progress of both fields and propel further innovation in both.