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Photonic Systems Manufacturing Consortium Enlists Participation in a 10-Year Roadmap

The Photonic Systems Manufacturing Consortium enlists participation in a 10-year roadmap for the development and manufacturing capabilities needed to produce low-cost, high-volume, integrated photonic systems.

News BriefsThe Photonic Systems Manufacturing Consortium (PSMC), a collaboration of the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) and the MIT Microphotonics Center, is enlisting the participation of key industry stakeholders in its development of a technology roadmap. PSMC has been awarded a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) grant to develop a technology-needs roadmap for the development and manufacturing capabilities needed to produce low-cost, high-volume integrated photonic systems. As a first step, a PSMC technology-needs survey is available by request at the organization’s website.

Photonic systems are expected to evolve from current mostly electronic systems, with some optical components, to future silicon photonic systems for high-volume, high-performance communications networks, information processing, and other high-speed/high-bandwidth applications.

PSMC will be developing a 10-year roadmap of these photonic systems, including the supply chain technologies needed to be successful and the technology and cost roadblocks to be overcome.

Technology development, assembly, and packaging for the following electronic-photonic components must be considered:

  • Silicon photonic ICs and packaging
  • Package-to-board optical interfaces
  • Optical PCB technology
  • Discrete and/or embedded waveguides
  • Connectors, sockets, and cabling
  • I/O interfaces
  • Intrasystem interconnects to 1km

The effort will address all levels of the interconnection hierarchy, from core-level fiber to system-level cables and connectors, to board-level hybrid structures to package, and chip-level monolithic structures. PSMC technology working groups (TWGs) will address identified technology gaps in Phase 2, with the addition of new consortia for joint development of technology solutions.

PSMC is requesting key industry stakeholders to enlist participation to move this initiative forward. As a first step, a PSMC technology-needs survey is available by request at the PSMC website.

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