Rochester Area to Benefit from Photonics Institute

The area of Rochester, New York USA, will be getting the Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation. The public/private partnership with funds totaling $625 million promises thousands of jobs in the area over then next ten years. The U.S. Department of Defense will fund a portion of the project with a $110 million contribution. New York governor, Mario Cuomo was on hand Monday at the State University of New York to announce that the University had won the competition to lead the research group and be the home of the Institute.

The Research Foundation for the State University of New York (RF SUNY) will lead the extensive research group comprised of 96 members including universities and companies. The University of Rochester will be a prominent partner of the Institute. About $502 million will come from cost sharing from the educational and corporate research partners. Institute will focus on developing what its website describes as “an end-to-end integrated photonics ecosystem in the U.S.”

The Institute will include integrated design tools, domestic foundry access, automated packaging, assembly, and testing. The institute will also have a workforce development program. The Institute intends to develop and demonstrate manufacturing technology for ultra-high-speed data transmission, new high-performance information-processing systems, compact sensor applications to enable advances in medical diagnosis and treatment.

The institute also is targeting development and manufacturing of multi-sensor applications such as quantum information sciences, urban navigation, and free space optical communications. Potential military applications that Institute plans to develop include chemical/biological detection, electronic warfare, communications, and analog RF sensing.