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Next Generation Optical Interfaces – An IEEE and Industry Update

Wednesday, 09 June 13:30 – 14:30

Session Description:

The IEEE panel on next gen optical interfaces will cover new developments happening in the industry and IEEE which include new low-cost 100 Gbps coherent spec, “400ZR+” spec, and new work that covers 800 GbE or co-packaging. This panel will show the latest results, drivers, customer needs, etc. on these topics with a high level / applications focus.


Mark Nowell, Cisco, Canada

Mark Nowell is a Cisco Fellow in Cisco’s Data Center Business Unit. His focus is on next generation interconnect technology innovation to meet Cisco's needs. Mark is also active within the industry standards and forums and has chaired multiple IEEE 802.3 Ethernet projects. He represents Cisco on various industry alliances and Consortium. Mark also chairs a number of industry MSA (Multi-source Agreement) groups focusing on next generation optical module form factors (QSFP-DD, QSFP-DD800) and optical interface signaling technology (100G Lambda MSA, 400G BiDi).


Tom Williams, Acacia, USA

Tom is responsible for global marketing and communications activities for Acacia. Prior to Acacia, Tom spent 14 years at Optium and Finisar Corporations, where he held various management roles, including Director of Product Line Management for high speed (>100G) transmission products. Tom has also held positions at Lucent Technologies and Northrop Grumman Corporation. He has an MS in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Widener University.

Radha Nagarajan, Inphi, USA

Dr. Radha Nagarajan is the CTO and SVP, Platforms at Inphi. Dr. Nagarajan brings more than 20 years of experience in the area of high-speed optical interconnects and design, development and commercialization of large-scale photonic integrated circuits. Dr. Nagarajan is a Fellow of the IEEE, OSA and IET (UK). In 2006, he shared the IEEE/LEOS Aron Kressel Award for his work on commercializing large-scale photonic integrated circuits. He has been awarded more than 195 US patents. He received his B.Eng. from the National University of Singapore, M.Eng. from the University of Tokyo, and Ph.D. from the UC, Santa Barbara.

Scott Schube, Intel, USA

Scott has worked in the optical communications component industry for 20 years in both technical and marketing roles.  As an engineer he developed Gigabit Ethernet transceivers for AMP Lytel and then at Tyco Subcom he designed high-performance receiver line cards for ultra-longhaul undersea communication.  Scott went on to a variety of marketing and management roles, from technical marketing to product management and strategic marketing, at Intel OPD and NeoPhotonics, as well as senior analyst at optics industry research firm LightCounting.  Currently Scott is senior director of strategic marketing and business development in Intel’s silicon photonics group, where he has helped grow the business from zero to one of the leading global optical transceiver suppliers.

Vipul Bhatt, II-VI Incorporated, USA

Mr. Vipul Bhatt is the Sr. Director of Strategic Marketing, Datacom, at II-VI Incorporated. Vipul has a track record of over 25 years of pioneering product and business development in optical networks, spanning companies such as Corning, Cisco and Inphi. He has been an active contributor to optical standards development in IEEE. He holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, New York.

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