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Joshua Israelsohn

Nanophotonics: Promise for O/E/O Integration

Joshua Israelsohn
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B_Albing
B_Albing
9/25/2013 7:42:30 PM
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Re: Nanophotonics
@fasmicro - not my area of expertise, so I won't hazard a guess.

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fasmicro
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9/18/2013 2:20:45 PM
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Re: Re : Nanophotonics: Promise for O/E/O Integration
>> Microelectronics industry is working on the process to produce cheap silicon waveguides,

Many prototypes are in academic papers - the problems remain the lack of mass production scaling at high quality and reliability. Optical waveguides are usually done with photoresists but they seem sub-optimal when benchmarked with copper in intra-chip interconnection.

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fasmicro
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9/18/2013 2:18:24 PM
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Re: Silicon Photonics
>> The main focus is on emerging markets like Brazil, China and India, not on US.     

That seems like a good plan. You cannot go wrong with those three. U.S. is still dominant but you need to be really good to win markets in this economy.

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etnapowers
etnapowers
9/12/2013 9:03:26 AM
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Re: Silicon Photonics
@Brad: the research on silicon photonics is a project funded by an European joint venture of big microelectronics firms and the same happened in the US silicon valley.

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etnapowers
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9/12/2013 8:56:45 AM
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Re: Re : Nanophotonics: Promise for O/E/O Integration
Microelectronics industry is working on the process to produce cheap silicon waveguides, at this time the reliability is an issue to solve to ensure the success of this technology

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fasmicro
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9/12/2013 7:16:22 AM
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Re: Silicon Photonics
>> It will be interesting to see the price paid for innovating primarily in software.

Software is easily scaled and that is the essence of investment. You can get your money quick and fast. Business is about making money and web does that easily.

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Scott Elder
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9/8/2013 6:47:15 PM
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Re: Silicon Photonics
@fasmicro

"We see these billion dollar valuations for websites and apps"

This is a 21st century problem whose magnitude hasn't yet been fully realized.  The most expensive sectors for innovation, in both money and time, are the least valued and out of favor for investment.  It will be interesting to see the price paid for innovating primarily in software.

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fasmicro
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9/8/2013 7:13:14 AM
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Re: Re : Nanophotonics: Promise for O/E/O Integration
>> the important question then is can the optical components be made in CMOS?

Yes - you can made waveguides with Silicon by using SU-8 to create the patterns. However, whether that is economical for a product is what I do not know. Theoritical, that is possible.

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fasmicro
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9/8/2013 7:11:46 AM
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Re: Silicon Photonics
>> Do keep in mind tho' that as India gets better at this sort of research (and all research in general), costs, expenses, andwages will rise sinificantly. So their cost savings advantage will fade away.

That is true except that it will take a while for India to have a high level of saturation. With its population and fairly decent few universities, we see a paradigm where a decent regular organic supply can suppress that wage increase at least for a decade. The supply side is healthy and wage in India may not rise very fast.

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fasmicro
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9/8/2013 7:09:47 AM
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Re: Nanophotonics
>> So we will need to wait a little longer to see see this become a commercial product and become low-cost.

Any prediction on how long we need to wait? And what is really the main technical challenge preveing us from getting there in time. In college, I did a lab work on this and thought it was primetime but when I got to the industry, I noted that it was far more challenging than my professor made it seemed.

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