Dan is joined by Dr. Thomas Mader, Tom is the Chief Operating Officer of OpenLight, a newly formed independent company by investments from Synopsys and Juniper Networks. Dr. Mader’s experience spans 27 years across the photonics and consumer electronics industries. Prior to the formation of OpenLight, he led the same team within Juniper Networks. His previous experience includes six years at Intel, where he founded Light Peak, which eventually became Thunderbolt. He also drove innovation at Amazon for six years, creating several new devices such as the Amazon Dash Button.
Tom describes OpenLight’s unique ability to integrate optical components directly onto silicon – lasers, amplifiers and modulators. This technology allows a level of integration for silicon photonics that is new. Tom describes the benefits of OpenLight’s approach and the unique business model they employ to bring that technology to the market.
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