COBO and EPIC Cooperate

Brad Booth, president of COBO, and Dr. Jose Pozo, CTO of EPIC, signed a collaboration agreement at the EPIC VIP Party during ECOC Exhibition in Rome, Italy, on 24 September 2018. (Source: EPIC)

The Consortium for On-Board Optics COBO and the European Photonics Industry Consortium EPIC are mutually motivated in cooperative activities involving industry endorsement of standards and technology roadmaps. Their new 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 memorandum of understanding took place in conjunction with the EPIC VIP Party that the consortium celebrates during the last years at the ECOC Exhibition. The event gathered 150 industry leaders and decision makers from the photonics and telecom industry.

COBO is comprised of about 63 companies in the fields of telecommunications, semiconductors, IT and software. This complements very well the interests of most of the 385 EPIC members, 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.

“EPIC members include key actors in the value chains on photonic packaging, silicon photonics, indium phosphide devices, and VCSELs. I am excited of this additional collaboration with COBO, it will bring EPIC members in contact with the main players in standardization of on-board optical interfaces, to enable a turning point for accelerating the time to market for novel optical modules”, said Jose Pozo, CTO of EPIC. “As the importance of optics grows as technology advances, it is important that organizations like EPIC and COBO collaborate to eliminate barriers and smooth the adoption of innovative photonic developments. I look forward to our future engagements and bringing about change in our industry,” said Brad Booth, president of COBO. (Source: EPIC)

Links: Consortium for On-Board Optics (COBO), Beaverton, Oregon, USA • EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium, Paris, France

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