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Silicon Photonics by Roy Rubenstein, Daryl Inniss

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Chapter 8

The Likely Course of Silicon Photonics

Abstract

The main markets for silicon photonics for the next decade will continue to be the data center and telecoms. But new markets are emerging such as sensing and LIDAR (light detection and ranging). A key challenge facing silicon photonics is not so much technical issues but a cultural one. Both the chip and the photonics industries have their challenges in terms of embracing the technology. But that will soon change: the chip industry will need silicon photonics and that will eventually lead to the technology being subsumed within the chip industry. Silicon photonics is a disruptive technology and represents a key turning point in the industry.

Keywords

Silicon photonics; Moore’s law; sensors; ...

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