Dr. Anthony J. Yu is Vice President of the Silicon Photonics Product Management organization at GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF), where he is responsible for providing differentiated silicon photonic manufacturing services and solutions to clients across multiple industries. Prior to this role, Dr. Yu was Vice President of GF’s Computing and Wired Infrastructure Business Unit.
Before joining GF, he held multiple executive positions at IBM, including Vice President of Semiconductor Technology for Engineering and Technology Services.
Yu earned his BS in Physical Chemistry from the University of California-Berkeley and his PhD in Physical Chemistry / Materials Science from Cornell University.
Over the past decade, integrated photonics have become an essential part of high speed data centers and data communication networks. Integrated silicon photonics (SiPh) is now poised to ramp in volume manufacturing and enable improvements in processing speed, form factor and reduced energy consumption for a broad range of applications including: communications, AI/ML, quantum computing, medical diagnostics and secure transactions. In order to accelerate the uptake of silicon photonics, focus must be placed on the development of an ecosystem – mirroring that of microelectronics – in EDA tools, IP development and photonics packaging.
Recently Silicon Photonic foundries have been incorporating InP building blocks in their PDKs. Industrial efforts from Tower Semiconductor, SCINTIL photonics, Skorpios, and Global Foundries should be highlighted. In parallel, we have seen advances in new on-chip modulators- plus the new materials to make them. For example, Lithium Niobite from Hyperlight or Ori Chip, Polymer-based modulators from Lightwave Logic, NLM Photonics or Sylorix, plasmonics from Polariton or developments Lumiphase made with BTO materials. The list of companies is increasing fast.