European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) and Ethernet Alliance are mutually motivated in cooperative activities involving industry endorsement of standards and technology roadmaps. The partnership will encourage direct contact and cooperation between the consortiums and its members, including participation at events, writing joint articles, collaborate in information exchange and promotion, and advisory mandates with an aim of bringing cooperation and, ultimately, support the development of an efficient and sustainable industry.
The signature of the MoU took place at the 16th EPIC Annual General Meeting in Glasgow, United Kingdom. The meeting gathered 220 photonics industry leaders, and decision makers from 25 countries. "At EPIC our job is to bring the photonics industry together to facilitate the B2B generation. We do that by organizing our iconic business meetings on key photonics challenges or by providing our members with market reports to keep them up to date with their potential partners, customers or suppliers. The collaboration between the Ethernet Alliance and EPIC will benefit the members of both associations, as it will result on a set of forums with joint participation of EPIC and Ethernet Alliance members, with the purpose of finding ways of cooperation between companies from different parts of the supply chain" said Carlos Lee, Director General of EPIC, the European Photonics Industry Consortium.
The Ethernet Alliance is comprised of member organizations that are dedicated to the continued success and advancement of Ethernet technologies. Its members include system and component vendors, industry experts, and university and government professionals. This complements very well the interests of most of the 464 members of the EPIC, that encompass the entire value chain from photonics fields such as lighting, photovoltaic, photonics integrated circuits, optical components, lasers, sensors, imaging, displays, optic fiber and all other photonics related technologies.
“As Ethernet’s diversity continues to grow, optics will be key to its ongoing expansion into new applications, markets, and speeds. EPIC and its hundreds of members are helping to drive the next generation of optical innovation,” said John D’Ambrosia, Chairman, Ethernet Alliance. “The Ethernet Alliance is dedicated to the deployment of all things Ethernet, and we look forward to working collaboratively with EPIC and its members on today’s Ethernet solutions and bringing forward tomorrow’s game-changing optical Ethernet advancements.”
Jose Pozo, CTO of EPIC added: "These are amazing times for the photonics industry, where mature technologies developed and deployed over the last 3 decades will have to be adapted to the upcoming challenges of the 2020+ years. It is expected that during the 2020 decade, Ethernet speeds of 800GbE or 1.6TbE will be demanded, and that only can be done with the further development of photonic technologies, such as new generation specialty Optical Fiber, Silicon Photonics, Indium Phosphide, VCSELs, Polymer Photonics, Plasmonics, Graphene Photonics, ..."
The Ethernet Alliance is a global, non-profit, industry consortium of member organizations that are dedicated to the continued success and advancement of Ethernet technologies. Its members include system and component vendors, industry experts, and university and government professionals. Ethernet Alliance members work together to take Ethernet standards to the marketplace. They support and originate activities that span from incubation of new Ethernet technologies to interoperability testing to demonstrations to education.
EPIC, a membership-led not-for-profit industry association that promotes the sustainable development of organizations working in the field of photonics. Its members encompass the entire value chain from LED lighting, PV solar energy, Silicon photonics, Optical components, Lasers, Sensors, Displays, Projectors, Optic fiber, and other photonic related technologies. EPIC fosters a vibrant photonics ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. EPIC works closely with related industries, universities, and public authorities to build a more competitive photonics industrial sector, capable of both economic and technological growth in a highly competitive world-wide marketplace.