Components, Packaging & Manufacturing Technology Society

IEEE/CPMT Dinner Meeting:

"Packaging Trends in Lightwave Electronics" --
Jeff Montgomery, ElectroniCast

(Download his paper and charts -- .doc, 1.1 MB)

NOTE: New Meeting Location!

Wednesday, September 13, 2000

  • Seated dinner served at 6:30 ($20 if reserved before Sept 10; $25 after & at door; vegetarian available)
  • Presentation (no cost) at 7:30.

    Ramada Inn

  • 1217 Wildwood Ave (Fwy 101 frontage road, between Lawrence Expressway and Great America Parkway), Sunnyvale, (800) 888-3899 -- see map.


  • For dinner and/or meeting: by email to Tom Tarter
  • or call our CPMT hotline at 800-686-9366.
  • Please reserve for "presentation-only", even if not attending the dinner.

    Telecommunication industry trends, though starting earlier, are paralleling computer industry trends. Improved communications yield economic payback, supporting continuing technology development. Equipment has advanced from vacuum tube to integrated circuits and from copper wire to optical fiber. User demand and economic return support order-of-magnitude performance gain every couple of years, but do not allow size increases. From 1975 to 1995, lightwave transport advanced from megabits to gigabits, then 1995-2000 advanced to terabits per fiber; by 2005, we anticipate petabits per fiber cable. Lightwave transmitters and receivers have evolved from board assemblies to complex hybrid optoelectronic ICs (OEICs), with complex monolithic ICs in development. Lightwave electronics packaging must accommodate automated assembly and test, maintain micron-level dimensional tolerances and provide excellent heat transfer. Production levels are reaching millions per vendor.

    Speaker Biography:
    Jeff D. Montgomery: BSEE, Illinois Institute of Technology; MBA, University of Santa Clara; Chairman and founder, ElectroniCast Corp. Mr. Montgomery has over 46 years of professional experience in the electronics industry, as a microwave engineer, marketing manager and CEO. Since 1967, he has been engaged full time in electronic/communication industry forecasting and planning, focused on advanced technology products. Prior to founding ElectroniCast in 1981, he was co-founder (1973) and President of Gnostic Concepts, a leading electronic industry market forecasting consultancy. Prior experience included: Quantum Science (an electronic industry market forecasting consultancy), 2 years; Varian Associates, 8 years (Manager, Long Range Product Planning, 1967-1971); Andrew California (President/CEO) 10 years. He is a life member of IEEE and member, SPIE and OSA.

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