The rapid growth in data center traffic has been the key driver for the increased performance of networking equipment, such as Ethernet switches and optical pluggable transceivers. But bandwidth scalability challenges around density, cost, and power will require much tighter integration of optics and networking silicon in the near future. We will discuss how silicon photonics combined with advanced packaging approaches can enable higher density, reduced power per bit, and ultimately the continued scalability of network bandwidth and performance.
Robert Blum is General Manager of New Business and Sr. Director of Marketing for Intel’s Silicon Photonics Product Division. Prior to joining Intel, Robert was Director of Strategic Marketing at Oclaro Inc., and held various Director of Product Management and Marketing roles for Oclaro’s telecommunications products and consumer laser portfolio. Before joining Oclaro, Robert was Product Line Manager for optical transmission components at JDS Uniphase Corporation and held various engineering and marketing management roles at Gemfire Corporation, all in California. Robert worked at Deutsche Telekom’s research labs in Darmstadt, Germany, while completing his master’s thesis and holds a doctorate degree in Physics from the University of Technology in Hamburg. He has also studied and done research at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland, and at Stanford University, California.