Here are five ways OPI technology is set to propel the region’s manufacturing and business development forward:
The Thriving OPI Supply Chain
The 75+ companies, world-class universities and industry-related research institutes located here form one of the most robust and highly integrated OPI supply chains in the nation. There are more than 18,000 employees in this cluster in the Finger Lakes region.
World-Class Test, Assembly and Packaging Facility
Silicon photonics uses optical fiber on computer chips to transfer data, an evolving OPI technology that could drastically improve server bandwidth and transfer rates anywhere there’s a computer network. The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) facility in Rochester, set to be fully operational in 2018, will be the first in the country for testing, assembling and packaging 300-millimeter silicon wafers and other components used in these applications.
Home to the Industry’s Leading Inventors
The majority of the nation’s patents in optics, photonics and imaging technologies have been filed in Rochester; it ranks first in the nation for the number of OPI patents per capita. In fact, some 95 percent of these patent holders still live, work and teach in the city, making it a rich talent pool for area companies to tap into. Robert W. Boyd, professor of optics at the University of Rochester, is a good example. He currently holds nine industry-pioneering patents and is a fellow at the Optical Society of America, SPIE (the International Society for Optics and Photonics) and the American Physical Society. Boyd was also awarded the American Physical Society’s prestigious Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science in 2016. The state continues to support innovation within the region through the recent launch of Luminate NY in Rochester, the world’s largest business accelerator for startup firms in the OPI industry.
In mid-November, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the first 10 companies selected to take part in New York State’s first-ever Luminate NY accelerator competition. Each company will receive an initial investment of $100,000 and will be a part of the initiative’s first cohort, which will launch in January 2018. Selected innovators will continue to grow their ideas in Rochester with the help of industry experts, businesses and local universities.