Scott Jordan is Head of Photonics for PI and a PI Fellow. A physicist, with an MBA in Finance/New Ventures, he has multiple contributions to positioning and optimization technologies.
Suddenly, Silicon Photonics is not just about the data center any more. New applications range from biosensors for wearables, to LIDAR-on-a-chip, to rapidly progressing quantum computing, to a whole new world of computing using photons as the working fluid for logic. All these and other emerging applications have a common theme of exotic technology seeing direct consumer adoption with massive volumes scaling rapidly. All bring serious challenges for scaling and production economics. Fortunately there is much that can be borrowed from Silicon Photonics' "First Wave" and even the evolution of the semiconductor manufacturing industry from its earliest days. We review these lessons-learned and how key tools and technologies can pivot to enable rapid success.