In a May 15th, blog post, "Optical communications goes nano—HP announces practical interconnect tech (and an ecosystem for it to grow in),"
Scott Jordan also extolled HP’s breakthroughs in silicon photonics
through nanoimprint lithography. The goal is to reduce the cost and
increase the speed of data transfer through the convergence of
nanotechnology and optics. Scott quotes Colin Johnson’s story in EETimes:
“Using silicon photonics to connect blades, boards, chips and eventually cores on the same chip has become a strategic goal for Hewlett Packard... By harnessing its expertise in nanoimprint lithography to fashion low-cost, high-speed silicon photonic devices, HP said it hopes to seed the fledgling community of optical interconnect component makers. Rather than doing it all, HP is seeking partners with other silicon photonic pioneers in hopes of developing its first optical interconnect technology in products by 2009.”
But what really excited Scott was the fact that HP convened a gathering of the smartest people they knew and invited others around the world to join in an open innovation ecosystem around this new technology. Scott participates in National Instruments’ ecosystem of scientists and engineers, so he knows how effective these customer/partner/expert ecosystems are in advancing the application of new technologies to tackle new problem spaces and to advance the state of the art. What’s particularly important in designing these kinds of ecosystems is to ensure that you have vibrant participation from experts in many different disciplines. It’s often the cross-disciplinary or cross-industry idea transfers that yield the most momentum.