Silicon photonics uses chip-making techniques to fabricate photonic circuits. The emerging technology is coming to market at a time of momentous change. The need of the Internet content providers to keep scaling their data centers is becoming increasing challenging, the chip industry is facing a future without Moore's law, while telcos must contend with a looming capacity crunch due to continual traffic growth. Each of these developments is significant in its own right. Collectively, they require new thinking in the design of chips, optical components, and systems. Such change also signals new business opportunities and disruption. Notwithstanding challenges, silicon photonics' emergence is timely because it is the future of several industries. For the optical industry, the technology will allow designs to be tackled in new ways. For the chip industry, silicon photonics will become the way of scaling post-Moore's law. New system architectures enabled by silicon photonics will improve large-scale computing and optical communications. Silicon Photonics: Fueling the Next Information Revolution outlines the history and status of silicon photonics. The book discusses the trends driving the datacom and telecom industries, the main but not the only markets for silicon photonics. In particular, developments in optical transport and the data center are discussed as are the challenges. The book details the many roles silicon photonics will play, from wide area networks down to the chip level. Silicon photonics is set to change the optical components and chip industries; this book explains how.
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Number of pages: 226
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 3 mm
"This book on Silicon Photonics looks like a must read... More about applications and market potential for telecom and the cloud and less about cryptographic technical equations... How do I tell my wife that I want this for Xmas? :)" -Maxim Kuschnerov, Senior R&D manager at Huawei "Silicon photonics will be a key technology for a post-Moore's law era, and it will be the chip industry, not the photonics industry, that will drive optics". I think there is a lot of truth in that statement, but I also think that the vast majority of the photonics industry is not yet aware of this. The chip industry is catching up quickly to this way of thinking, although these guys are - understandably - quite conservative." -Martijn Heck, associated professor at Aarhus University A great job on the topic of silicon photonics. It is refreshing to read a book on an important topic that reflects on trends and what is important, rather than just a stapling together of research papers." -John Bowers, Director, Institute for Energy Efficiency Kavli Professor of Nanotechnology ECE and Materials Departments, University of California, Santa Barbara. "It is very challenging to provide value in a book to such a diverse audience, but this book is a solid introduction for technologists, managers, and lay-persons. I would recommend this book to anyone with a desire or need to understand Silicon Photonics." -Blaine Bateman, president of management consultancy, EAF LLC, author of a detailed report on silicon photonics.
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