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Spirit of a Pioneer Series Featuring POET Technologies Inc.
Dr. Geoffrey Taylor, POET Technologies’ Chief Scientist, discusses POET’s semiconductor solution in the industry’s race to sustain Moore’s Law beyond the constraints of traditional silicon, and POET Technologies’ Executive Chairman and CEO, Peter Copetti. POET is developing a way for manufacturers to build a faster, more efficient microprocessor.
For almost 50 years, Moore’s Law has dictated the pace of technological change. As the number of transistors on a chip double approximately every 1.5 to 2 years, this increases the performance capabilities of computing devices and the many functions they make possible. Unfortunately, with present silicon based integrated circuits and manufacturing processes, performance and cost improvements under Moore’s Law are increasingly unsustainable, and will soon come to an end. These physical limitations will increasingly impede electronics manufacturers from continuing to build smarter, faster, more efficient and cheaper devices. POET believes that its integrated electro optical chip is the next great leap forward in technology and will have the ability to power numerous electronic devices such as wearable technology, everyday appliances, phones, tablets, computers, and military applications.
By integrating optics and electronics onto one monolithic chip, POET’s gallium arsenide semiconductor will provide its customers with a rebirth for Moore’s Law and usher in a new wave of innovation in integrated circuits for massive improvements in size, power, speed and cost. POET will lower power consumption by 4x to 10x compared to silicon chips and provide 20x to 50x speed improvement depending on the application.
Monetization of the POET Platform is on the horizon, with fully integrated optical electronic chips leading the way for not only the semiconductor industry, but also the entire electronic world.
Dr. Geoff W. Taylor
Dr. Geoff W. Taylor, a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Connecticut and Chief Scientist of POET Technologies Inc, has dedicated the past 18 years towards the development of a gallium arsenide ,GaAs, semiconductor chip. Research on the GaAs semiconductor chip began while Geoff worked at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey. His background is in the areas of materials, devices and circuits for microelectronics. In 1994, Dr. Taylor joined the University of Connecticut, where this GaAs technology has been developed and a semiconductor chip produced. A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Dr. Taylor received his B.Sc, Electrical Engineering, Queens University in 1966, M.A.Sc, Electrical Engineering, University of Toronto in 1968, and Ph.D, Electrical Engineering, University of Toronto in 1972.