The AI and machine learning applications roadmaps call for low power and high bandwidth interconnects surpassing the limitations of Cu wires for the ethernet networking, within the computing clusters and eventually within the servers. In this presentation we will review some of the trends and innovations needed for the silicon photonics technology platforms to enable the broad adoption of silicon photonics at the heart of the AI systems.
Philippe Absil received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA, in 2000. His doctoral work contributed to the early demonstrations of semiconductor microring resonators. In the early 2000s, he developed the passive photonics platform technology for Little Optics, Inc., Annapolis Junction, MD USA. He is now Vice President R&D and the head of the 3-D and Optical I/O Technologies Department at Imec since 2013 and has been responsible for the silicon photonics technology platform development since 2010. Before that he spent seven years managing the advanced CMOS scaling program at Imec.