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Open Eye MSA: Road to Low Cost PAM-4 Optics

Wednesday, 09 June 13:30 – 14:30

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Session Description:

Minimizing the need for signal processing in optical modules has many advantages including significantly lowering latency, power consumption and cost. The independent Open Eye industry consortium is committed to investing its amassed innovation and engineering resources for the development of an industry-standard optical interconnect, leveraging seamless component interoperability among a broad group of industry-leading technology providers, including providers of electronics, lasers and optical components.


Marek Tlalka, MACOM, USA

Prior to joining MACOM, Marek worked at Mindspeed Technologies, Luxtera, Conexant, Applied Digital Access and GTE Communications Systems. Marek has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications field covering areas such as Engineering, Product Management, Marketing and Sales. Marek received his BSEE from Illinois Institute of Technology and his MBA from San Diego State University.


Brad Booth, Microsoft, USA
Talk Topic:
 End User (Cloud)

Brad Booth is a distinguished leader in technology development and standardization. He is a Principal Hardware Engineer in Microsoft’s Next Cloud System Architecture Group where he leads the development of next generation optical connectivity solutions for Microsoft’s Cloud and AI datacenters. Previously, Brad has held technology strategist and engineering positions at Dell, Intel and Bell-Northern Research. The holder of over 20 patents related to networking technologies, he has also received awards for his contributions to industry consortia and IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standards.

Mark Kimber, Semtech, USA
Talk Topic: Analog Semiconductors

Mark Kimber is the Principal Product Definition Specialist at Semtech Corporation. Mark received the BE (Elect) degree from the University of Queensland in 1984.  Since then he has worked on research and product development at GEC Hirst Research Centre, STC Laboratories, Bell Northern Research, Nortel, Bookham, Gennum and Semtech. Mark currently works on product definition for Semtech products and is a contributor to various standards groups.

Raju Kankipati, MACOM, USA
Talk Topic: 100G Optics

Raju Kankipati is a Senior Director of Product Management at MACOM, focused on providing high volume photonic solutions to customers based on MACOM’s broad portfolio of optical and electronic component technologies. Prior to joining MACOM, Raju worked at Arista Networks and Cisco Systems as a Product Manager. During this time he collaborated closely with data center customers to bring unique switching products as well as Optical transceivers to market, that helped customers deploy 40G and 100Gbps products for highly scalable and efficient networks. Raju started his career as an Optics Engineer at Opnext and later held various roles in sales and marketing at the company. Raju received his MBA degree from UC Berkeley (Haas School of Business) and completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics from BITS, Pilani in India.  

Greg Le Cheminant, Keysight Technologies, USA
Talk Topic: Test

Greg Le Cheminant is a Measurement Applications Specialist and Strategic Planner for digital communications analysis products in the Internet Infrastructure Solutions Group.  He is responsible for development of new measurement applications and products for the group’s optical communications test products.  He represents Keysight on several industry standards committees. Greg's experience at Keysight/Agilent/Hewlett-Packard began in 1985 with five years in manufacturing engineering, and the remainder in various technical marketing positions. He is a contributing author to four textbooks on high-speed digital communications and has written numerous technical articles on test related topics.  Greg earned BSEET and MSEE degrees from Brigham Young University.

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