Wednesday, January 18, 2012

OIDA Workshop: Opportunities and Trends in Optoelectronic Manufacturing

The North American optoelectronics industry has undergone significant changes over the course of the last decade. The escalating end-user demand for bandwidth coupled with the attendant pricing pressures continues to pose significant challenges to the industry. To stay competitive, the industry has addressed this challenge by off-shoring optoelectronic component and board level packaging and assembly. Recently, the US Government has announced a string of initiatives in manufacturing to facilitate development of advanced manufacturing technologies as well as to provide impetus to growth of jobs.

The goal of this one day industry-centric workshop is to determine what manufacturing technologies and business incentives are needed to facilitate manufacturing, and to delineate topics of technology focus in optoelectronics that might be used to address government manufacturing initiatives.

The first part of the workshop will feature talks from experts in the industry (public & private companies), academia, and the financial community discussing their perspectives on optoelectronic manufacturing. This will be followed by presentations from leaders representing agencies such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Photonics21 (European technology platform for photonics), National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Research Council of Canada discussing their initiatives/programs in optoelectronic manufacturing. There will be a panel session featuring the speakers following this.

The second part of the workshop will feature talks from industry and government experts delivering technology focused presentations of relevance to optoelectronic manufacturing. Topics to be covered range from advanced device design and fabrication technologies to advanced packaging and assembly technologies for next generation photonic devices.

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