Letter from CEO  Dr. Michael Liehr

As we all usher in the New Year, and look forward to many exciting and new opportunities, I'd like to acknowledge the members of the AIM Photonics family for all their hard work and dedication in 2016. The members, partners, and participants drove many significant achievements.  

Last month, we announced the location of what will be the world class leading edge technology center for Integrated Photonics Packaging, Assembly, and Test, located at Eastman Kodak Business Park in Rochester, NY.  

AIM Photonics welcomed a number of new members, including key industrial partners Infinera, Cadence, Boeing, Raytheon, Samtec, Toyota, Precision OT, PhoeniX Software, and many others over the course of 2016.  I am also very pleased to welcome our most recent Tier 1 member, IBM, to the AIM Photonics family.  We look forward to a fruitful new year with these partners and expect to announce a number of additional key industrial partners in the coming weeks.

In the fall, we released our first Process Design Kit for AIM Photonics integrated silicon photonics technology and received 9 participants for our first multi-project wafer fabrication run.  This is a significant achievement as we recently made available to all of the industry providing an extremely cost effective design and manufacturing tool. In 2017, participants will be able to create multiple runs from simple passive short loops to full flow Photonic Integrated Circuits.

Our first year of projects in our Key Technology Manufacturing Areas and Manufacturing Centers of Excellence made significant progress and several will continue on as 2017 projects.  Our 2017 projects are moving forward and will support both new and continued programs, from quantum dot lasers on silicon, to LIDAR for autonomous vehicles and robotics, to release of some of the most advanced chips for data communication and telecommunications.

At the year-end board of directors meeting, I presented a budget for 2017 which included significant investments in workforce development and roadmap efforts.  These investments are intended to ensure the continuation of this essential work across multiple academic institutions and industry partners.  

AIM Photonics participated in technology events across the New York State, across the United States, and around the globe.  Our Technology Pavilions at SEMICON West and OSA/FIO were a great success.  In addition, AIM Photonics executives gave featured talks at Photonics Europe, CLEO, SPIE, NESCO, DMC, and many other conferences. 2017 is shaping up to be even busier with AIM Photonics attendance planned at a number of additional events.

In just a year and a half, AIM Photonics has become widely recognized as a center of photonics research globally. We will continue to work hard to achieve and surpass our goals and identify new opportunities to advance integrated photonics technology today and well into the 21st century.


Michael Liehr, PhD

CEO AIM Photonics

Now in its 72nd year, IBM Research continues to define the future of technology with more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents. IBM Research breakthroughs helped the company close 2016 with a record 8,088 U.S. patents granted to its investors.  That’s the 24th consecutive year that the company has earned the most patents of any company.

For more information,visit  www.research.ibm.com
One of the foremost names in the world of integrated photonics is John Bowers, PhD, who is credited with leading a team that successfully demonstrated an electrically pumped hybrid silicon laser a decade ago. That advance has paved the way for the commercial production of high-bandwidth silicon photonic devices. Today, Bowers is leading UC Santa Barbara’s Institute for Energy Efficiency’s involvement in the AIM initiative and is a central figure in this exciting field. Photonics Spectra spoke with Bowers about AIM, his breakthrough work and the impact of integrated photonics on medicine, communications and defense. 

2017 is shaping up to be very exciting as we plan on 2 major full PDK releases plus the addition of both interposer and passive-only MPW fab runs for a total of 8 MPW runs. Additional details are included in link below.  

PhoeniX Announces Five Day Course On Photonic Chip Design
Netherlands-based course will cover integrated photonics eco-system for InP, silicon photonics & TriPleX (SiN). 

Alongside supporting partners, PhoeniX Software is to host a five day course to overview the latest status of the integrated photonics eco-system for three major photonics technologies: InP, silicon photonics and TriPleX (SiN). 

AIM Photonics will have a significant presence at OFC this year.  Executives and members will participate in a number of technical sessions, programs, workshops, and panels.  

AIM Photonics will participate in the Exhibit Hall March 21-23 in Booth #3763 directly across from the Expo Theater II.  Members and staff will present AIM Photonics program and technology updates in the booth and at Exhibit Hall floor programs.

AIM Photonics will also sponsor two events at the Convention Center.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
1:00-3:00 pm:        AIM Photonics Academy Roadmap Workshop

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
3:00-6:00 pm:        AIM Photonics Technical Summit
Stay tuned for additional information coming soon.
AIM Photonics will soon begin monthly webinars related to key integrated photonics research offerings, project & technology updates, and general membership Q&A. Look for announcement of our first Webinar coming soon.