AIM Photonics News Release: AIM Photonics Attends OFC 2019—the Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition to Share World-Class Capabilities and Partnership Opportunity Updates

AIM Photonics News Release: AIM Photonics Attends OFC 2019—the Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition to Share World-Class Capabilities and Partnership Opportunity Updates

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 12:23
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AIM Photonics to Offer Incentives to Organizations Using its 300mm Silicon Photonics Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) and Process Design Kit (PDK) Boasting Best-in-Class Performance

AIM Photonics Will Also Share Latest Updates During Executive Panel Presentations

ALBANY AND ROCHESTER, NY – The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics), sponsored by the Department of Defense and spearheaded by SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly), announced that a number of the initiative’s leaders, researchers, and representatives are attending the Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) 2019 conference and exhibition March 3-7 in San Diego, California.

Event attendees will be able to learn more about AIM Photonics and its world-class offerings, from its recently announced best-in-class 300mm silicon photonics multi-project wafer (MPW) performance to its updated Process Design Kit (PDK) which boasts the first-of-its-kind 100Gbps verified modulation and detection support for both polarizations. AIM’s leaders and representatives will provide detailed updates at an executive presentation session and host a reception for partners and interested organizations as part of the week-long engagement.

“AIM Photonics’ innovative, industry supporting activities continue to advance with a focus on our key technology manufacturing areas, and we are proud to share these latest updates at OFC 2019. We are especially looking forward to welcoming customer and university submissions for the MPW program, featuring best-in-class 300mm silicon photonics performance,” said Dr. Michael Liehr, AIM Photonics CEO and SUNY Polytechnic Institute Executive Vice President for Innovation and Technology. “In addition to AIM’s leading-edge capabilities, we will also share information regarding the latest update to our Process Design Kit, which is opening the door to greater datacom and telecom-focused optical bands application opportunities for the numerous organizations and companies that are already working with or interested in partnering with AIM Photonics.”

AIM Photonics’ Attendance at OFC follows continued strong interest in membership in the consortium; more than 100 signed members and additional interested collaborators from across the United States, including those representing areas ranging from industry and academia to government are now working closely with AIM Photonics on a myriad of integrated-photonics-centered plans and projects. OFC, which is described as the largest global conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals, will allow AIM Photonics to continue reaching new partners with integrated silicon photonics-based research and development updates.

Among the highlights: the industry-leading photonics Process Design Kit (PDK), which is continuously updated to expand the comprehensive set of silicon photonics integrated circuit (PIC) component libraries within SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s (SUNY Poly’s) process to address high-speed optical communications needs.

“Analog Photonics (AP) released the 7th installment of the mature Process Design Kit (PDK) component library with the PDKv3.0 at AIM Photonics. The PDK includes the first of its kind 100Gbps verified modulation and detection support for both polarizations using the polarization diversity circuits and low loss fiber-to-chip couplers. With the successful PDK implementation of EPDA partners, Cadence, Mentor Graphics, Synopsys and Lumerical, complex PICs can be simulated and fabricated to design specifications in a single run,” said Dr. Erman Timurdogan, Director of PDK Development at Analog Photonics.

AIM Photonics representatives will also provide incentives and information related to opportunities to take part in the initiative’s upcoming, cost-effective Multi Project Wafer (MPW) runs.

Additionally, on Wednesday, March 6 AIM Photonics leaders plan to take part in the key informational session, “AIM Photonics Executive Symposium: Building the Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) Ecosystem for the 21st Century.” The initiative’s leaders will discuss the latest technology advancements in the product cycle, including design, research, development, proof-of-concept, prototyping, validation, and fast transfer to volume manufacturing, as well as opportunities to engage with AIM Photonics as it continues to expand the PIC ecosystem via partnerships with EPDA industry leaders, large and small PIC companies, government institutes, and globally recognized university researchers. Presentations include:

  • Dr. Michael Liehr, AIM Photonics CEO – “AIM Photonics Intro and Welcome”;
  • Edward White, AIM Photonics Associate Vice President for Test, Assembly, and Packaging (TAP) Facility – “AIM Photonics Open 300mm PIC TAP Facility Programs”;
  • Dr. Lionel C. Kimerling, AIM Photonics Executive for Education, Workforce Development, and Roadmap  – “AIM Photonics Academy Driving PIC Education, Workforce, and Roadmap Programs”;
  • Dr. John Bowers, AIM Photonics Deputy CEO – “AIM Photonics PIC Laser Advancements”;
  • Dr. Michael Watts, AIM Photonics CTO – “AIM Photonics Latest PIC Process Design Kit (PDK) & Multi Project Wafer (MPW) Portfolio.”

The executive symposium, scheduled to take place from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in Theater III of the San Diego Convention Center, will conclude with an executive panel Q&A. Immediately following the session, AIM Photonics leaders will host a reception sponsored by Cadence, Infinera, Precision OT, and Veluxsys from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the San Diego Convention Center, Room #16B, where symposium attendees are invited to meet and network with members and partners of AIM Photonics to learn more about a number of exciting opportunities.

Complementing the summit presentations by AIM researchers and partners, AIM Photonics representatives will be available at AIM Photonics’ Booth #5515 to answer questions from the more than 15,500 expected attendees who will be coming from 75 countries, as well as share MPW run incentives that can lead to significant cost-savings.

“AIM Photonics is thrilled to once again attend OFC to share our latest updates regarding our multi-faceted approach to supporting the integrated photonics industry through leading-edge capabilities and research, including new incentives related to our MPW, which boasts best-in-class 300mm silicon photonics performance,” said Frank Tolic, AIM Photonics Chief Marketing Officer. “This follows our successful attendance at the recent Photonics West conference in San Francisco, where we saw high levels of interest from potential partners as they learned how AIM Photonics can provide a number of game-changing benefits.”

Representatives from a number of organizations that are AIM Photonics members and partners also plan to take part in an OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA) workshop, entitled, “Manufacturing and Building the Supply Chain for Integrated Photonics” on Sunday, March 3 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel – Indigo Ballroom from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., followed by a networking reception.

AIM Photonics leaders and representatives also plan to attend SEMICON West, held annually in San Francisco, CA, in July, in addition to a number of other conferences, exhibits, and events which are scheduled to take place throughout 2019 across the globe. Follow AIM Photonics on social media such as Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date and learn more about the opportunities and how you can best work with the initiative.

Presentations from the OFC event will be able to be viewed on AIM Photonics’ website at


About AIM Photonics
AIM Photonics is one of a number of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, an industry-driven public-private partnership that focuses the nation’s premiere capabilities and expertise to capture critical global manufacturing leadership in a technology that is both essential to national security and positioned to provide a compelling return-on-investment to the U.S. economy. For more information about AIM Photonics, visit


For Immediate Release: February 28, 2019
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