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