Imec Partners with Huawei

Huawei has now joined Imec’s silicon photonics research programme which focuses on optimising bandwidth density, power consumption, thermal robustness and cost at the system level of optical communications. Huawei engineers will work closely with Imec’s R&D team in Leuven, Belgium, with a view to achieving technological progress in this area.
Already in 2013, Huawei acquired leading photonics company Caliopa spin-off from Imec and Gent University, thereby adding silicon photonics research to its European R&D portfolio. Delivering on its commitment of boosting Caliopa’s development, Huawei has been investing in its human resources and infrastructure, prompting it to move offices to keep step with its rapid growth.
Luc Van den Hove, Imec’s  president and CEO, stated: “We expect this partnership to give a further boost to our silicon photonics research over the coming years, after Huawei’s recent acquisition of our spin-off Caliopa that focuses on developing silicon photonics-based optical transceivers for the telecommunications industry.”
“This partnership with imec is the logical next move towards next-generation optical communication,” added Hudson Liu, CEO at Huawei Belgium.
The collaboration aims at translating R&D success in Europe into a global industrial achievement. This further deepens Huawei’s engagement with the European research ecosystem in pursuit of its strategy to invest in local talent. The announcement follows Huawei’s recent purchase of Internet of Things pioneers Neul in the UK, the launch of an innovation centre in Walldorf, Germany, and the opening of an R&D site in Sophia Antipolis, France. (Source: Optik & Photonik 1 / 2015)

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