Workshop Attendees

OIDA Workshop Agenda*

3 March 2019

7:30 - 8:15 Registration and Breakfast
8:15 - 8:30 Welcome Remarks
8:30 - 10:00

Session 1: Keynotes: Insights on Manufacturing Supply Chains

  • Peter De Dobbelaere, Luxtera
  • Hong Hou, Intel Corporation
  • Jan Vardaman, TechSearch International
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 - 12:00

Session 2: Integrated Photonics Supply Chains

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break and Poster Session
13:30 - 15:00

Session 3: Emerging Trends in PIC Manufacturing

  • Ficontec-Vanguard Photonics
  • Optoscribe
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 17:00

Session 4: Discussion: Where's the Progress

17:00 - 17:30 Session 5: Workshop Wrap-up
17:30 - 19:00 Networking Reception

*times are subject to change

Workshop Sessions


Session 1: Keynotes: Insights on Manufacturing Supply Chain

An efficient supply chain is among the foremost challenges for a company moving from initial product design and prototyping to volume manufacture. Current photonic supply chains tend to be highly-fragmented, greatly limiting the ability of many companies to bring their new products to market. These keynote presentations bring in-depth perspectives on existing photonic supply chains and challenges encountered to develop and manufacture products, from design and chip fabrication, through to packaging and test. Speakers will provide details of their experience in establishing supply chains and what essential factors are required to ensure advanced photonic products can be brought to market in a fast and cost-effective way.


Peter De Dobbelaere, Luxtera
Hong Hou, Intel Corporation
Jan Vardaman, TechSearch International


Session 2: Integrated Photonics Supply Chains

Semiconductor manufacturing is commonly viewed as a set of distinct and linear steps: design, chip fabrication, packaging, and test (including reliability testing).  These steps may be managed as an entirely internal operation, or as a supply chain of internal and contracted operations.  How do companies make choices to keep operations internally or outsource it to contractors?  How does the manufacturer keep the supply chain coherent if it’s divided among different locations and vendors yet so interdependent?  How do you find and convince partners to work with your company?  This panel will present perspectives from different parts of the supply chain. 



Photonic foundries: Past, Present and Future
Iñigo Artundo
, VLC Photonics
Foundries are well know to have mastered the manufacturing techniques and business models for mass producing CMOS circuits. However, in the photonics area, they have been mostly focusing not on circuits but on discrete optical components like lasers, photodetectors or modulators. Since the last decade, many electronic and photonic fabs have been developing new processes to serve the needs of fabless developers of photonic integrated circuits, and moreover, new pure-play foundries are emerging only to tackle this market. In this presentation we will review the evolution of the photonic manufacturing models, the current manufacturing processes for the four main material platforms (silicon photonics, InP, SiN and PLC), and the upcoming trends from the point of view of a fabless end user.

Gloria Höfler, Infinera 
Stefan Preble, AIM
Paul Mooney, Tokyo Electron

Session 3: Emerging Trends in PIC Manufacturing

The technology for manufacturing integrated photonics continues to evolve, as do market opportunities.  What are some of the technologies that could change the capabilities or demands from integrated photonics manufacturers?  This panel will present some examples and consider the trends that may have the most impact on integrated photonics manufacturing and the supply chains that support it.


Ficontec-Vanguard Photonics

Session 4: Discussion: Where's the Progress?

This panel will bring perspectives from speakers as well as the audience for a more expansive discussion of the realities of establishing a supply chain to manufacture integrated photonics, and what’s needed to resolve the issues surrounding it today, particularly from the view of the small company.  The discussion will draw from earlier in the day as well as new questions.  Has the integrated photonics ecosystem showed progress from a few years ago?  What can we expect going forward and how do we make it happen?


Michael Hochberg, Elenion Technologies
Roy Meade, Ayar Labs​

Session 5: Workshop Wrap-up

This final session of the day will solicit perspectives from speakers and attendees on the key takeaways of the day.