Summit Speaker: Mario Paniccia


Fellow and Director
Photonics Technology Lab, Intel

Dr. Mario J. Paniccia is an Intel Fellow and director of the Photonics Technology Lab.

Paniccia joined Intel in 1995 as a lead researcher developing a novel optical testing technology for probing transistor timing in microprocessors. Today this optical testing technology is the standard in the industry. During his tenure at Intel he has served in various roles from research and development to strategic direction setting and driving the development of technologies needed to enable optical communications and optical interconnects in and around Intel platforms. Paniccia currently directs a research group in the area of Silicon Photonics. The team is focused on developing silicon-based photonic building blocks for future use in enterprise and data center communications.

Paniccia's team has pioneered activities in silicon photonics that have led to the world's first silicon modulator with a bandwidth greater than 1GHz (2004) and then in 2007, performance was pushed to 40Gb/s. In addition his team has demonstrated the world's first continuous wave silicon laser (2005), and together with University of Santa Barbara they demonstrated the world's first "Hybrid Silicon Laser" (2006). In 2007 his team demonstrated the world's best performing SiGe waveguide based Photo-detector operating at 40Gb/s.

Scientific American named Paniccia one of 2004's top 50 researchers for his team's leading work in the area of silicon photonics. In October 2008 Paniccia was named by R&D Magazine as "Scientist of the Year" for his teams pioneering research in the area of Silicon Photonics. He has received two Intel Achievement Awards and has published numerous papers, including three Nature papers, three Nature Photonics papers, three book chapters, and has over 67 patents issued or pending. He is a fellow of the IEEE, SPIE and OSA.

Paniccia earned a bachelor's degree in physics in 1988 from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Ph.D. in solid state physics from Purdue University in 1994.

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