Photonics Hub to Open in 2017 at Kodak’s Eastman Business Park in Rochester, New York

Photonics Hub to Open in 2017 at Kodak’s Eastman Business Park in Rochester, New York

22 December 2016

Photonics Hub to Open in 2017 at Kodak’s Eastman Business Park in
Rochester, New York

After 100 years of optics and photonics research, Rochester continues to invest in
next generation photonic innovation
WASHINGTON — The Optical Society (OSA) congratulates New York Photonics on its selection of the Eastman Business Park as a new research hub for integrated photonics. Announced on Wednesday, 14 December by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the facility will be used to test, assemble and develop silicon-based photonic components. For a century, the research world and consumers alike have enjoyed a dramatic expansion of light-based technologies, and Rochester was its birthplace.

“Started in Rochester a century ago, OSA is a founding partner of AIM Photonics and committed to fostering growth of the U.S. photonics industry,” said Elizabeth Rogan, CEO of The Optical Society, USA. “The new facility is well positioned to leverage the industry expertise in the region and expand innovation.”

U.S. Congresswoman Slaughter (D-N.Y.) said, “The selection of ON Semiconductor’s Rochester facility as the site for the nation’s only Testing, Assembly and Packaging (TAP) location is an important step to get the photonics institute online. I’m especially proud that this one-of-a-kind facility will be calling the nation’s most impressive industrial park home. This decision will give leaders at the TAP facility on-site expertise while helping Eastman Business Park attract new businesses and continue to grow. The three-year effort to bring a photonics manufacturing institute to Rochester has allowed Monroe County to lead the world in photonics research and build the most advanced and innovative workforce anywhere.”

Alan E. Willner, 2016 President of The Optical Society and Steven & Kathryn Sample Chair in Engineering, University of Southern California, California, USA, stated, “The new AIM Photonics facility is a powerful and unique home for efficiently testing, assembly and packaging of state-of-the-art integrated photonics – bringing with it valuable innovation and important job development in the Rochester region.”

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