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Seminar on Silicon Photonics by Dr. Ron Ho (Oracle) - Aug. 1, 2013

posted Jul 9, 2013, 10:21 PM by Massimo Alioto   [ updated Jul 11, 2013, 12:51 AM ]
DATE: 1-2PM Aug. 1, 2013        LOCATION: E3-06-08 @ NUS campus (map)
TITLE: Silicon photonics: a "light" introduction

Abstract: Silicon nanophotonic links have recently captured the attention of designers interested in their potential energy, area, and performance advantages over electrical links. An abstracted view of a silicon nanophotonic link is straightforward, and lends itself nicely to simple and useful system models. Unsurprisingly, however, the realities of building operating photonic links contains several subtleties that are worth understanding. In this talk we will introduce photonic links and why they are of interest to system designers, discuss their basic operation, and focus on one facet of their design: transmitters and thermal stability.

Speaker's Bio: Ron Ho is an Architect at Oracle Labs, working on topics such as off-chip and on-chip communication circuits, memory packaging and architectures, and database acceleration hardware. Previously, he was a Distinguished Engineer and Director at Sun Microsystems, where he was awarded the Sun Microsystems Chairman's Award for Innovation. From 1993 to 2003 he worked at Intel Corporation, Santa Clara, CA, designing CPUs ranging from the 80486 to the Itanium processors. He has served on the technical program committees for the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference, Hot Interconnects Symposium, Asynchronous Circuits and Systems Symposium, and VLSI-Design Automation and Test Conference, and has served as guest editor for both the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits and the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. He has co-authored over 85 technical conference and journal papers, and has over 45 U.S. patents. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa, and was the 1993 IEEE Fortescue Scholar. Ron received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA.