The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Revolutionizing the Economics of Pluggable Optics with Silicon Photonics

Wednesday, 11 March, 10:15 - 11:15

Theater II

Session sponsored by Juniper Networks


Session Description
Silicon photonics is a ground-breaking technology that uses design and manufacturing methodologies employed in the silicon electronic ecosystem to achieve economies-of-scale at the optical component level. The unique difference to Juniper’s approach is the integration of all photonic elements of an optical transceiver—most importantly the lasers and the detectors—within a single silicon photonics die. The ability to incorporate all transceiver components within a single, common silicon die fundamentally changes and simplifies how an optical transceiver can be assembled and tested, dramatically reducing production time and costs.

Ben Baker, Sr. Director, Product Marketing, Juniper, USA

Ted Schmidt,
Distinguished Engineer, Silicon Photonics, Juniper, USA



Ben Baker, Sr. Director, Product Marketing, Juniper, USA

Ben Baker runs Cloud & Service Provider Portfolio Marketing at Juniper Networks where he helps network operators and cloud providers worldwide make technology & economic decisions about the evolution of their networks. His responsibilities include product marketing, business case analysis and understanding how broad technology trends will impact the business of the future. 
Ben has 20 years of experience in technology, media & telecom (TMT), including running a wireless consumer applications business unit and, as a management consultant, delivering multidisciplinary strategy projects. Earlier in his career, he designed electronics systems for military satellites. Ben holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Ben spends his spare time trying to wrangle his two kids, a skill which he has found to be very useful in the corporate world.

Ted Schmidt, Distinguished Engineer, Silicon Photonics, Juniper, USA
Ted Schmidt has over 20 years of experience in the fiberoptic communications industry, spanning network architecture, DWDM system R&D, and optical transceiver R&D for inter and intra data center interconnect. Dr. Schmidt is currently a Distinguished Engineer in the Aurrion Silicon Photonics group at Juniper Networks. At Juniper Networks he has led both DWDM transceiver development for inter data center interconnect and standards based transceiver development for intra data center interconnect. His interests include high speed optical communications technologies, including advanced modulation formats and photonics integration. Dr. Schmidt has authored over 50 technical articles and two book chapters on his research interests and is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

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