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[Press Release] Unleash the Potential of Optoelectronics, Drive Standards and Industry Advancement

2021-06-29 14:40:29Source:CIOE


Unleash the Potential of Optoelectronics, Drive Standards and Industry Advancement

— IPEC & CIOE Successfully Held 2021 Optoelectronic Technology Webinar

On June 29, the Global Advanced Optoelectronic Technology and Industry Development Seminar, co-hosted by the International Photonics & Electronics Committee (IPEC) and China International Optoelectronic Exposition (CIOE) and co-organized by the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC), was successfully held. At this seminar, many experts and scholars from the industry conducted in-depth discussions on standard development and cutting-edge technologies in the optoelectronic industry.



Li Junjie, Chairman of IPEC, kicked off the seminar by introducing the vision, member admission situation, and research direction of IPEC. Li Junjie emphasized that IPEC strives for openness and focuses on frontier topics such as high-speed optoelectronics. He reiterated that IPEC aims to promote standard evolution and resource centralization along the whole industry chain, as well as the healthy development of the industry. As an open standards organization, IPEC is seeking new partnerships with carriers, cloud service companies, equipment vendors, module vendors, chip vendors, research institutes, and industry partners, with the goal of defining standards and discussing the development trend of optoelectronic technologies.

The first half of this seminar focused on challenging the limits of optical transmission and discussing ultra-high-speed transmission, lasers, and modulation modes. Wei Leping, Chairman of Technology Steering Committee of China Telecom, presented a technical report Trends and Challenges of All-Optical Networks from the Perspective of Carriers. He proposed that carriers' optical networks should continuously evolve to support all-optical deployment and the improvement of transmission links and switching capacity. He also expressed the need to advance network intelligence for all-optical architectures and promote the collaborative development of optical networks and 5G/6G as a way of encouraging the development of the communications industry.


Subsequently, Liang Yibo from HiSilicon Optoelectronics shed light on the exploration and achievements in the ultra-broadband optoelectronic field. Prof. Allan Willner from the University of Southern California provided insight into free-space optical communications and optical signal processing. Prof. Tang Ming from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology shared the topic of self-homodyne coherent interconnection devices for short reach. Prof. Li Xun from the McMaster University spoke about state-of-the-art technologies used in high-speed lasers and modulators for short-distance optical interconnection. In the second half of the seminar, participants discussed new optoelectronic applications in various areas such as optical sensing and multi-core fiber (MCF), as well as future application scenarios of optical technologies in the communications, industrial, and consumer fields.

Carlos Lee from EPIC believed that Technology had no borders and markets are global. Photonics is recognized in Europe as a key enabling pervasive technology, that finds its way in applications ranging from manufacturing, medical, automotive, communication, … Photonics tackles social challenges of interest to both European and Chinese citizens. A respectful and mutually fruitful collaboration will benefit all parties. EPIC, the largest photonics industry association in the world with more than 700 member companies, is pleased to support IPEC and develop a strong partnership. Frank Chang, Chairman of the IPEC Advance Research Work Group and Senior Product Director of Source Photonics shared his views on the development of key optoelectronic technologies over the next five years. He believes that with the proliferation of 5G and cloud services, industry-oriented optical applications will become a new business growth point for optical communications. Given this, IPEC hopes to work with peers to promote industry development.Takehiro Tsuritani, Director of the KDDI Research, Inc., presented the latest research and progress of the MCF technology in the communications field. This was followed by industrial applications and international standards of fiber sensors introduced by Prof. Hideaki Murayama from the University of Tokyo. Following this, Prof. Martin Schell from the Fraunhofer HHI illustrated the photonic integration technology for communications and sensing, and shared recent research results related to photonic integrated circuits (PICs) in conventional communications, quantum key distribution (QKD), as well as terahertz sensing and communications. 

The 5G era is upon us, and emerging services and applications present new opportunities while posing new challenges. The optoelectronic industry should embrace these opportunities to ride the wave of development. In this context, this seminar has pooled together industry forces and helped the industry come to a consensus. In the future, IPEC will continue to contribute to establishing an open, transparent, and impartial optoelectronic standard platform for standardizing optical interconnection products for new services such as 5G, IoT, and artificial intelligence (AI), ultimately promoting collaboration and innovation in standards development.