EPIC Meeting on VCSELs Technology and Applications at Sony

17-18 October 2019

Stuttgart, Germany

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Due to their stability, small size, temperature stability, simplicity and low cost of manufacturing and testing, VCSELs are becoming the dominant light source technology in volume applications. With the arrival of VCSELs to consumer markets the new era of semiconductor laser applications has arrived: we can find now VCSELs in smartphones, laptops, drones, robots, and cars enabling new functionalities such as: proximity sensing; high resolution (4K or Retina resolutions), fast frame-rate, and 3D video; remote powering of sensors optically (while simultaneously transmitting data); LIDAR, illumination, night vision, aerospace, and line-of-sight communication links, using high power VCSELs arrays; chip scale atomic clocks (CSAC); indoor positioning systems; and many more.

The purpose of the EPIC Meeting on VCSELs Technology and Applications at Sony aims to bring together some of the companies driving the abovementioned applications together with the full value chain of VCSELs including: OEMs, integrators, device manufacturers, epi houses, foundries, equipment and material suppliers.


17 October 2019 Thursday

11:30 – 12:00 Bus transfer from Best Western Plus Hotel Fellbach-Stuttgart to Sony (optional)
12:00 – 13:00 Registration & Lunch @ Sony
13:00 – 13:05 Welcoming words by Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium
13:05 – 13:15 Welcoming words by a representative of Sony
13:15 – 13:45 KEYNOTE presentation by Osamu Maeda, Sony
13:45 – 14:45 Session 1: Setting up the Scene
14:45 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 17:30 Session 2: VCSEL Manufacturers perspective and supply chain (testing, assembly…)
17:45 – 18:15 Bus transfer from Sony to a dinner place (TBA.) (if needed)
18:30 – 22:30 Dinner (venue – TBA.)
22:45 Bus transfer from a dinner place (TBA.) to Best Western Plus Hotel Fellbach-Stuttgart

18 October 2019 Friday

08:00 Bus transfer from Best Western Plus Hotel Fellbach-Stuttgart to Sony
08:30 – 09:00 Morning coffee @ Sony
09:00 – 09:15 Recap and introduction to the 2nd day – Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium
09:15 – 10:45 Session 3: New developments for existing applications (ToF, faceID, LIDAR, optical comms,…)
10:45 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Session 4: Upcoming applications (Atomic clocks, high power pump lasers, smart pixel displays, lighting…) 
13:10 – 14:10 Lunch @ Sony
14:15 – 15:30 Company visit @ Sony
16:00 End

Some speakers and topics confirmed:

  • KEYNOTE: TBA. – Andy Seo, Sr. Product Line Manager, Lumentum (USA)
  • KEYNOTE: Forthright scrutiny of the VCSEL business: opportunities & obstacles (tba.) – Mark Lutkowitz, Principal, fibeReality (USA)
  • 13xx nm GaAs-based VCSEL arrays for sensing applications – Sabeur Siala, VP R&D & Engineering, Array Photonics (USA)
  • TBA. – Christian Neumeyr, CEO, Vertilas (GERMANY)
  • TBA. – Geoffrey Duggan, EMEA Regional Manager, Lumerical (UNITED KINGDOM)
  • Progress in non-polar and semi-polar GaN VCSELs – Tal Margalith, Executive Director of Technology, SSLEEC, UC Santa Barbara (USA)


The meeting venue: Sony Europe BV, Zweigniederlassung Deutschland located in Stuttgart Technology Center (Hedelfinger Str. 61. 70327 Stuttgart, Germany).
The dinner place will be announced soon.


We strongly recommend to book Best Western Plus Hotel Fellbach-Stuttgart (address: Warth GmbH, Tainer Straße 9, D-70734, Fellbach, Stuttgart) for your accommodation, because the bus transfers to / from Sony and the dinner place will be organized only from / to this hotel. Bookings can be made by reservierung@bestwestern-fellbach.de, mentioning the code EPIC. The daily standard single room rate is 149 EUR per person including breakfast. The rate is valid until 5 September, but we recommend to book your room at your earliest convenience, as the number of rooms is limited.


Early bird ticket price for EPIC members and invited companies: 250 EUR (excluding VAT);  non-members: 450 EUR (excluding VAT) available until 15 September. By filling in the registration form below you agree your email to be used to keep you updated about the event.We will also share the registered 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 Neringa Norbutaite, email: neringa.norbutaite@epic-assoc.com; mobile: +370 62438991.