How Silicon Photonics is Being Commercialized

By: | February 21st, 2017

Laser Photonics

Laser Photonics (Image Cortesy Wikimedia

Most of today’s high-technology has been built on silicon microelectronics. But a new technology, silicon photonics or optoelectronics, is likely to replace silicon microelectronics so that optical devices will use photons to detect, process, and transmit data more efficiently. The emergence of this technology will lead to new classes of connectivity products and services.

Photonics Media covers trends in the use of silicon photonics including industrial photonics, biophotonics, and photonics developments occurring around the world. According to industry experts, silicon photonics will deliver the lowest cost per bit while providing the most scalable optical transceiver technology. Because of this, silicon photonics is expected to keep Moore’s Law alive and revolutionize data centers that are so integral to the operation of today’s businesses, governments, and economies.

Silicon photonics is also expected to make large-scale quantum computing a reality. Recently, new accelerators including ASICs, FPGAs, and GPUs have allowed faster connections, but silicon photonics will go further, providing a level of performance that will allow more robust artificial intelligence and machine learning applications.

The global market for Silicon Photonics is growing fast and is expected to reach $1.1 billion by 2022 in telecommunications, data communications, high-performance computing (HPC), data centers, medical applications, defense and aerospace industries, research and development, and in consumer electronics such as consumers connecting with PCs, HDTV’s, etc., using the technology.

The following video, “PI Fast Photonics Alignment Engines,” shows and explains one application of the new technology in an industrial setting.

David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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