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POET establishes Photonics Design centre in Ottawa


Combines development efforts with MillView Photonics

POET Technologies, a developer and manufacturer of optoelectronic devices, has announced that it had entered into an agreement with MillView Photonics to establish a collaborative design centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

MillView was established two years ago by Trevor J. Hall, professor in the School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Founding Director of the Centre for Research in Photonics at the University of Ottawa. Along with his team, which includes Peng Liu, senior passive component designer, Mihail Dumitrescu, senior active component designer, and supported by doctoral and postdoctoral graduate engineers, MillView serves clients in photonics research, simulation, design and process development.

The agreement between the two companies brings together in one lab the MillView team, including Hall, additional staff from MillView, and three PhD-level photonics engineers from POET. The team is also supported by POET’s senior VP, William Ring, and additional POET design engineering resources.

Commenting on the collaboration agreement, Trevor Hall noted, “MillView Photonics was founded along the same model as Cambridge Consultants where I worked on my return to Cambridge following PhD studies at University College London, UK. Cambridge Consultants tapped into a vast reservoir of talent to solve real-world design and engineering challenges utilising academic/industry partnerships. MillView is similarly situated to bring in the specific talent needed to address and solve a broad range of engineering challenges in photonics. We are all really gratified to be working as a team with POET Technologies. POET’s unique Optical Interposer™ platform has tremendous market potential, and we are all committed as one team to its success.”

POET’s CEO, Suresh Venkatesan, commented: “POET’s partnership with MillView rapidly expands our effort with experienced photonics engineering talent and substantial simulation and design capacity. In line with our stated strategy, we have assembled a team in one place dedicated to one goal – the design and development of waveguides and filters for our Optical Interposer platform. In addition, this places POET squarely in both a region and University where photonics design and development are vibrant and pervasive. The number of companies engaged in the photonics industry and the quality of the engineering talent available is extraordinary. We are very appreciative for the reception that Dr. Hall has extended to POET that allows us to function as one team."

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