• 11:45 – 12:20

Panel Discussion: The Future of Silicon Photonics

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Josef Berger

Associate Vice President, Cloud Optics Marketing

Marvell Technology

Josef Berger has more than 20 years of experience in high-speed optics. He is the Associate Vice President, Cloud Optics Marketing at Marvell. In this role, Josef is focused on next generation data center interconnect solutions. Prior, Josef was the Associate Vice President Marketing, Optical Interconnect at Inphi, which was acquired by Marvell. Previous to Inphi, he was the Chief Commercial Officer at Optical Zonu, an analog fiberoptic systems company, developing wireless solutions for US carriers and government agencies. Josef also held roles at Source Photonics serving as its Vice President of Global Sales, Marketing and Business Development and was Director of Product Marketing at Opnext, which later merged with Oclaro. He holds a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Applied Sciences Munich and a M.S. degree in Physics from San Diego State University. Josef is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, Program for Leadership Development.

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We believe that infrastructure powers progress. That execution is as essential as innovation. That better collaboration builds better technology. At Marvell, We go all in with you.

Focused and determined, we unite behind your goals as our own. We leverage our unrivaled portfolio of infrastructure technology to identify the best solution for your unique needs. And we sit shoulder-to-shoulder with your teams to build it. Agile in our thinking, and our partnerships, we look for unexpected connections that deliver a competitive edge and reveal new opportunities. At Marvell, we’re driven by the belief that how we do things matters just as much as what we do. Because, with a foundation built on partnership, anything is possible.

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Mark Wade


Ayar Labs

Mark is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Ayar Labs. His prior roles at Ayar Labs include Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Engineering. He is recognized as a pioneer in photonics technologies and, prior to founding the company, led the team that designed the optics in the world’s first processor to communicate using light. He and his co-founders invented breakthrough technology at MIT and UC Berkeley from 2010-2015 which led to the formation of Ayar Labs. He holds a PhD from University of Colorado.

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Ayar Labs is disrupting the traditional performance, cost, and efficiency curves of the semiconductor and computing industries by driving a 1000x improvement in interconnect bandwidth density at 10x lower power. Ayar Labs’ patented approach uses industry standard cost-effective silicon processing techniques to develop high speed, high density, low power optical based interconnect “chiplets” and lasers to replace traditional electrical based I/O. The company was founded in 2015 and is funded by a number of domestic and international venture capital firms as well as strategic investors. For more information, visit www.ayarlabs.com.

Address: 695 River Oaks Parkway, San Jose, CA 95134
Phone: 650-963-7200
Email: info@ayarlabs.com

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Dr. Philippe Absil

Vice President R&D and Department Head 3D and Silicon Photonics


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.

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Imec is a world-leading research and innovation center in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. Imec leverages its state-of-the-art R&D infrastructure and its team of more than 5,500 employees and top researchers, for R&D in advanced semiconductor and system scaling, silicon photonics, artificial intelligence, beyond 5G communications and sensing technologies, and in application domains such as health and life sciences, mobility, industry 4.0, agrofood, smart cities, sustainable energy, education, … Imec unites world-industry leaders across the semiconductor value chain, Flanders-based and international tech, pharma, medical and ICT companies, start-ups, and academia and knowledge centers. Imec is headquartered in Leuven (Belgium), and has research sites across Belgium, in the Netherlands and the USA, and representation in 3 continents. In 2021, imec’s revenue (P&L) totaled 732 million euro.

Further information on imec can be found at www.imec-int.com.

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Dr. Anthony Yu

VP, Silicon Photonics Product Management


Dr. Anthony J. Yu is Vice President of the Silicon Photonics Product Management organization at GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF), where he is responsible for providing differentiated silicon photonic manufacturing services and solutions to clients across multiple industries. Prior to this role, Dr. Yu was Vice President of GF’s Computing and Wired Infrastructure Business Unit.

Before joining GF, he held multiple executive positions at IBM, including Vice President of Semiconductor Technology for Engineering and Technology Services. Yu earned his BS in Physical Chemistry from the University of California-Berkeley and his PhD in Physical Chemistry / Materials Science from Cornell University.

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GF is one of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers and the only one with a truly global footprint. We are redefining innovation and semiconductor manufacturing by developing feature-rich process technology solutions that provide leadership performance in pervasive high growth markets. As a steadfast partner, with a unique mix of design, development and fabrication services, GF works collaboratively alongside our customers to bring a broad range of innovative products to market. With a global customer base, a talented and diverse workforce and an at-scale manufacturing footprint spanning three continents, GF is delivering a new era of more.

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