Santa Rosa, CA. Keysight Technologies has announced its participation in the new American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics). Vice President Joe Biden formally announced the creation of the new manufacturing institute in Rochester, NY, on July 27. Dr. Douglas Baney, Keysight Labs, was among the invited guests.
The AIM Photonics has $610 million in federal, state, and private funds available to focus on developing a U.S.-based end-to-end integrated photonics ecosystem. This includes domestic foundry access, integrated design tools, packaging, test, and workforce training. Integrated photonics, where light photons are directed and controlled inside tiny mass-produced chips, called photonic integrated circuits, are expected to have a wide-ranging impact on the emerging 5G wireless communications, long-haul telecommunications, data centers, defense, and medical technology.
“As a member of the institute, Keysight brings its expertise in photonics and high-speed test, as well as EDA design tools, said Dr. Douglas Baney, Keysight Labs. “We are pleased to assist the institute in its goal to enable a national scale photonics IC ecosystem. This will improve the competitiveness of U.S. industry and help prepare the nation’s workforce to tackle the technical challenges of the next generation.”
A fact sheet is available at www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/07/27/fact-sheet-vice-president-biden-announces-new-integrated-photonics.
AIM Photonics consists of more than 50 companies, 20 universities, 33 community colleges, and 16 non-profit organizations across 20 states including California and Massachusetts. Led out of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, AIM Photonics is funded with a federal award of $110 million with additional public and private investment exceeding $600 million, including more than $250 million by New York State. AIM Photonics will equip, install, and make operational a state-of-the-art integrated photonics prototyping operation. The institute’s work will create and support thousands of advanced research and manufacturing jobs and lead to major advances within a wide range of practical applications. In addition to the Department of Defense, the institute will work closely with government partners, including the Departments of Energy and Commerce, NASA and the National Science Foundation.