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Paper 13012-500

General-purpose programmable integrated photonics processors: what things can you do with them? (Plenary Presentation)

9 April 2024 • 17:20 - 18:05 CEST | Auditorium Schweitzer, Niveau/Level 0


Programmable photonic circuits manipulate the flow of light on a chip by electrically controlling a set of tunable analog gates connected by optical waveguides. Light is distributed and spatially rerouted to implement various linear functions by interfering signals along different paths. A general-purpose photonic processor can be built by integrating this flexible hardware in a technology stack comprising an electronic monitoring and controlling layer and a software layer for resource control and programming. This processor can leverage the unique properties of photonics in terms of ultra-high bandwidth, high-speed operation, and low power consumption while operating in a complementary and synergistic way with electronic processors. This talk will review the recent advances in the field and it will also delve into the potential application fields for this technology including, communications, 6G systems, interconnections, switching for data centers and computing.


Univ. Politècnica de València (Spain)
José Capmany is a Full Professor in Photonics and leader of the Photonics Research Labs ( at the Institute of Telecommunications and Multimedia Applications(, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain. He has published over 600 papers in international refereed journals and conferences and has been a member of the Technical Program Committees of the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC), the Optical Fiber Conference (OFC). He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is also a founder and chief innovation officer of the spin-off companies VLC Photonics (, acquired by Hitachi High Technologies in 2020) dedicated to the design of photonic integrated circuits and ipronics ( dedicated to programmable photonics. Professor Capmany is the recipient of varisous awards and prizes.
Univ. Politècnica de València (Spain)