Reports on World Technology Mapping Forum - WTMF 2019
Last updated: May 31th 2019

PhotonDelta and the AIM Photonics Academy would like to invite you to participate in the third meeting of the World Technology Mapping Forum. The forum will be hosted in the main building of the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) - Berlin, Germany.

Following successful Fall and Winter meetings in Cambridge USA and Tokyo Japan, the latest draft of this new IPRS roadmap was issued to Working Group Leaders at the Spring meeting in Sunnyvale California in March 2019.

The goal of WTMF2019 is to update and discuss the first draft of Integrated Photonic Systems Roadmap – International (IPSR-I), looking ahead to global technology needs in 2030 and beyond.

More information: www.worldtechnologymappingforum.eu

Forum Background: Roadmaps have made today's technology possible

Technology road mapping is the process of creating a shared vision of the future. Roadmaps guide our progress toward that vision. This long-horizon road mapping forum is essential for government, research and industry to identify the crucial technologies and make the necessary strategic investments for decades ahead.

Many of today’s technologies like search engines, satellite communications, internet, relational databases and modern voice controlled services like Siri, Cortana or Alexa owe their existence to long-term planning conferences organised decades ago.

The International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (1998-2016) was also an excellent initiative, bringing together just under 1,000 global companies to map the next 15 years. That contributed to the development of smart chips in consumer tablets today containing over 2 billion transistors.  However, semiconductor innovation is slowing as industry faces fundamental technological limits and rapidly evolving markets.

Long term Roadmapping Needed for Photonics

We believe coupling light technologies (photonics) with electronics offers paths to next generation smart devices that are 1,000 times faster, process 1,000 times more data and yet use less energy. As Photonic Integrated Circuits using Indium Phosphide, Gallium Nitride and Silicon Nitride ramp up in a global market, there is an urgent need for the World Technology Mapping Forum.

The Photonic integration ecosystems are growing exponentially, with many new players entering the field. We’re seeing a trend for high-tech companies, chip design, packaging houses and pure-play foundries to work collaboratively. This enables cost-sharing as well as faster prototyping and production. For this to succeed, we need a global discussion on “real-world” needs for specific technologies. Good roadmaps will filter out the most crucial technologies and define some broad metrics which they need to achieve over the next 10-15 years to be successful in high volume products.

Successful fora like this work because they organise a high-level technical discussion between research and industry leaders on a strictly non-competitive basis. The closed workshop sessions in June were held in private, so frank and meaningful discussion is possible. We believe this technology mapping forum adds to the pioneering work they are doing to accelerate this important industry.

About the magazine

This online magazine contains all the plenary presentations of WTMF 2017 and 18 and 2018 workshop reports and conclusions (day 3). The discussions held in the workshops on the Thursday were private and are not being released publicly.

Click on the relevant days in order to get access to the video presentations. The video includes the relevant Powerpoint slides. On the Friday page you will see an interactive iPDF which you can download. This contains the slides in the order they were given in. Click on the links in the document to start the relevant video at the right point. We're interested in feedback on how useful you find this service to be.

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