There may be fewer complaints about skills shortages now that the industry has shed thousands of jobs, but there are still dozens of unfilled posts in optoelectronics and electronic engineering.
One area in which optoelectronics may play a role is in developing sensors for biological and chemical agents.
Another challenge is that optoelectronics is a mélange of unstandardized technologies and material systems.
Photonics and optoelectronics are interesting and important technologies that are relevant to many of these markets.
There are more than 1500 technical papers on topics including lasers, biomedical optics, and optoelectronics .
Major chip-makers and optoelectronic component manufacturers are in the north of Silicon Valley and biotech companies are in the south.
Processes for optoelectronic assembly today include many traditional microelectronic assembly processes and a few special processes that include the added complication of fiber alignment and active-component alignment.
‘The paint, pigments and coatings, and pharmaceutical processing industries belong to the top end-user market that holds potential for the growth of optoelectronic color sensors,’ he notes.
Those projects range from optoelectronic integrated circuits to nano-electronics, including advanced materials for devices such as quantum wells, quantum dots and quantum wires.
Packaging and integrating optoelectronic devices presents a significantly greater challenge to developers than to their counterparts in the mainstream semiconductor sector.