Dr. Adam Carter joins OpenLight as CEO

Jan. 19, 2023
"OpenLight is exactly the compelling opportunity I was looking for," said Carter.

OpenLight, the open silicon photonics joint venture between Juniper Networks and Synopsys, has named Dr. Adam Carter as its CEO. Carter brings more than 25 years of experience at companies large and small to the position.

Carter's resume includes a variety of roles in sales, marketing, and general management for networking, optical communication systems, optical components, and modules companies. He is perhaps best known for being chief commercial officer at Foxconn Interconnect and, earlier, at Oclaro at the time of its acquisition by Lumentum. His career also includes a stop at Cisco from February 2007 to July 2014.

"Since our launch last year, our proven ability to integrate lasers, amplifiers, as well as passive components on a single chip has already provided our customers with scalable, high-performance, cost-effective solutions while driving operational efficiency," said Dr. Thomas Mader, COO at OpenLight. "As we begin a new year, we are delighted to have Dr. Carter join the company and lead our efforts in driving this new era of open silicon photonics with integrated lasers and our company growth."

"OpenLight is exactly the compelling opportunity I was looking for," added Carter. "I believe the company has a unique and innovative business model and a world class engineering team that will enable our customers with access to our intellectual property, design services and photonic integrated components to accelerate the use of PICs in a wide variety of markets and applications. I look forward to guiding the team through future growth as we scale our open-foundry business."

OpenLight announced late last year the general availability of a process design kit (PDK) for use by those interested in designing photonic integrated circuits (PICs) using OpenLight’s technology (see “OpenLight offers silicon photonics process design kit”).

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About the Author

Stephen Hardy | Editorial Director and Associate Publisher, Lightwave

Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

Stephen has moderated panels at numerous events, including the Optica Executive Forum, ECOC, and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. He also is program director for the Lightwave Innovation Reviews and the Diamond Technology Reviews.

He has written numerous articles in all aspects of optical communications and fiber-optic networks, including fiber to the home (FTTH), PON, optical components, DWDM, fiber cables, packet optical transport, optical transceivers, lasers, fiber optic testing, and more.

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