EPIC Meeting on Beyond 400G at Microsoft

28-29 April 2020

Seattle, WA, USA

In partnership with COBO

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Hosted at Microsoft


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In the past few years, the demand in terms of connectivity and data rates have experienced a huge increase.  A further boost is expected once rapidly expanding technologies such as Internet of Things – IoT and the 5G transport networks will be fully exploited and data centers will further increase in number and extension. 

For these reasons, EPIC in collaboration with the Consortium for On-Board Optics – COBO intends to explore the innovative photonics technologies that are being developed in order to maximize the data throughput and to extend data delivery speeds beyond 400 Gbps. 

At this joint meeting, the complete value chain spanning from the large data center operators and network providers to the technical optics and network developers will be present.  The production of faster switches, together with an increment of higher-performance VCSELs, silicon photonics, InP-based PICs, polymer, plasmonics and DML/EMLs for transceivers, depending on the reach length, will be imperative and into the scope of this meeting. Furthermore, the expected competition between direct and coherent detection systems depending on the addressed transmission distances, the pluggability options for optics and the present challenges to reach and overcome 1Tbps will be in the core of vivid discussions.


27 April 2020 Monday

Company visits – TBA

28 April 2020 Tuesday

09:00 – 12:00 Company visits – TBA
11:30 Optional bus departure from the recommended hotel to Microsoft (hotel to be announced soon)
12:00 – 13:00 Registration & light lunch @ Microsoft
13:00 – 15:00 Session 1, presentations
KEYNOTE by the host – Brad Booth, Microsoft
KEYNOTE presentation
Panel discussion from Datacenters
15:00 – 15:45 Networking coffee break
15:45 – 17:30 Session 2: Beyond 400G at Device Level
KEYNOTE presentation
6 presentations of selected Silicon Photonics/PIC modules manufacturers
17:30 – 18:00 Bus transfer from Microsoft to a dinner place
18:00 – 22:00 Dinner (dinner place to be announced soon)

29 April 2020 Wednesday

07:30 – 08:00 Check out of the hotel
08:00 – 08:20 Bus transfer from the recommended hotel to Microsoft
08:20 – 08:55 Morning coffee @ Microsoft
08:55 – 09:00 Recap by Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium
09:00 – 11:00 Session 3, Optical Networks Beyond 400G
KEYNOTE presentation by a telecom operator
Selected presentations from solution and network testing providers
11:00 – 11:45 Networking coffee break
11:45 – 13:00 Session 4, How to move forward: 800G-1.6T
KEYNOTE presentation: the Need for 200GBaud transceiver and solutions
Closing panel discussion on mapping demands
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Microsoft company tour
15:30 End and departures

Confirmed speakers:

KEYNOTE: TBA, Juniper Networks, USA
KEYNOTE: Michael Lebby, CEO, Lightwave Logic, USA
Ruth Houbertz, CEO, Multiphoton Optics, GERMANY


Meeting venue:  Room Steptoe, Building 40. Address: 15563 NE 31st Street, Redmond, WA 98052
The recommended hotel and the dinner place will be announced soon.


Early bird ticket price for EPIC members and invited companies: 250 EUR (excluding VAT); non-members: 450 EUR (excluding VAT) available until 1th February. By filling in the registration form below you agree your email to be used to keep you updated about the event. EPIC will also share the participants list with the other participants or interested parties. Attendance is limited to 1 person per company, decision maker. Participation is confirmed only when received a confirmation email from the EPIC staff.

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EPIC Events Manager Helena Jelinkova – email: helena.jelinkova@epic-assoc.com; mobile: +420 606526252