We have been to Washington several times, and plan to spend more when the histrionics is over. A letter from President Trump     acknowledges our work.

 This work includes:

  • Connector Chapter of INEMI.org 2017 Global Technology Roadmap
  • The INEMI and MIT Silicon Photonics initiative, which roadmaps the technologies and roadblocks to all-lightwave systems
  • This includes Chip Packaging, Server Physical Architecture, and its future photonics interconnect Inside-the-box
  • And Outside the box, i.e. IO panels, Backplanes, Panel to top and end of rack
  • All single mode fiber, with the likelihood of PCB waveguides for things like PCI Express
  • OEM companies are using the SUNY Albany 300mm Fab which is dedicated to Si-Photonics solutions
  • The AIM Academy is managing this program as well as future education needs for optical computing/datacom applications

Where Are We?

In several recent meetings and discussions on US manufacturing, the message I have gotten is, we will never get this mfg. back. We simply can't compete with China, even though direct labor costs are not the major factor. Best to work with the global supply chain to feed domestic needs. (Huh?)

 The US improved from 7th to 3rd because of our strength in electronics and other industries. Our aim is #1. That will take addressing the items above and establish programs in automation where the US at this time does not rank in the top 10 Robotics  Manufacturers. It is dominated by Japan and Europe with China rearing its head. However, the US ranks last among developed countries in its corporate tax policy, with over $1 Trillion parked offshore. If the new tax proposal becomes law, we will jump ahead in global competitiveness. But others are moving also: France, UK, and Germany are all looking at lowering corp. taxes

Mid Board Optical Transceiver developed by TE Connectivity in Sweden. The concept is to convert ASIC/CPU signals to lightwave for onboard transmission. While this project was discontinued, numerous other projects are in the works - including our MIT/INEMI Midboard test vehicles using single-mode expanded beam MXC connectors and MT Ferrules.

Some computer OEMs are making waves about future US manufacturing:

- Apple will assemble the new Mac Pro Tower Workstation when it arrives

- Dell's Micael Dell did assemble here - to order, but finally moved a lot of mfg. to China

- He is on a task force in the Senate to identify roadblocks to manufacturing here

- Obstacles are as follows:

  • Non-Tax Repatriation of Foreign Earnings which exceed 1 Trillion $
  • The US effective Federal & State Tax burden of ~40% the highest in the World
  • Lack of minimum wage workers when it is cheaper to be on welfare
  • Lack of skilled workers, e.g. programmers, designers, robotics professionals, etc.
  • Government regulations
  • Lack of investment capital, particularly for startups and smaller companies


Even with above, the US ranks 3rd in the Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report.

The top 10 are:

  1. Switzerland
  2. Singapore
  3. USA
  4. Germany
  5. Netherlands
  6. Japan
  7. Hong Kong
  8. Finland
  9. Sweden
  10. UK