OIDA launches the Silicon Photonics Alliance

Sept. 12, 2007
September 12, 2007, Washington, DC--The Silicon Photonics Alliance, the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association's (OIDA's) first formal community of interest (COI), has formed to promote silicon photonics in standards, commercial adoption, and vendor communication.

September 12, 2007, Washington, DC--The Silicon Photonics Alliance, the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association's (OIDA's) first formal community of interest (COI), has formed to promote silicon photonics in standards, commercial adoption, and vendor communication. Tom Palkert, system architect, Carlsbad, CA-based Luxtera, will lead the Alliance.

"We are proud to be leading OIDA's Silicon Photonics Alliance COI," said Palkert. "Our primary objectives will be to educate the industry about the benefits that silicon photonics brings versus traditional optical solutions. We will work together to promote silicon photonics in the standards bodies, and accelerate commercial products based on this exciting new technology."

Members of the COI will participate in forums and collaborate to identify key applications areas for silicon photonics. The Alliance is charged with bringing silicon photonics into the optical standards bodies for improved interoperability among vendors, accelerating product development, and creating an ecosystem that fosters silicon-photonics adoption.

"The establishment of the Silicon Photonics Alliance is a notable development for the optics industry," said Ashok Krishnamoorthy, distinguished engineer and director for SUN Microsystems. "This OIDA Community of Interest brings together multiple suppliers to create an ecosystem for the industry. I expect that their efforts will accelerate customer adoption of this technology."

Along with Luxtera, members include Corning, Kotura, Molex, and US Conec.

"We are delighted to be a founding member of OIDA's Silicon Photonics Alliance," said Arlon Martin, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Kotura. "This new Community of Interest provides the opportunity to discuss, define, and develop commercial products based upon an exciting new technology."

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