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Christopher R. Cole
C hris has extensive management and technical experience in the development of complex electronic systems, in senior leadership and key contributor roles. His technical areas of focus are system architecture, signal processing, and integrated circuits for computing, communication and imaging products. Christopher R. Cole photo

Chris is currently II-VI Adviser in the Office of the CTO. He is also Chair of the CW-WDM MSA.

Previously he was Vice President, Systems Engineering, at Luminous Computing, responsible for optical technology for ML applications. Prior, he was Vice President, Advanced Development, Finisar Corp. (acquired by II-VI) where he architected and led the development of 40, 100, 200 and 400 Gb/s Ethernet optical transceivers for Cloud Data Centers (DCs), and Carrier Central Offices (COs), leading to over $1billion of Finisar and billions of optics industry revenue. The 40G and 100G interfaces he defined are used in most optical links in every Cloud DC, large Enterprise DC, and Carrier CO.

Details of his definition and leading of the development of 400G, 200G, 100G, 50G, 40G, and 10G optical interfaces

Chris is an IEEE Fellow, elected for "contributions to 10G, 40G, and 100G Optical Ethernet and OTN interfaces." He is Program Chair of OFC 2021 and General Chair of OFC 2023, the largest and the premier global optical communication and networking conference and exhibition. His bibliography has over 300 articles, presentations, contributions, lectures and patents in the areas of optics, communications, signal processing, integrated circuits, and ultrasound.

Prior to Finisar and its acquisition BBN, Chris was with the Parallax Group, working on medical and mobile technology.

Before that, Chris was with Acuson Corp. as a key contributor to system architecture, signal processing, and circuit design of the
Sequoia coherent imaging ultrasound platform. He managed Hardware, ASIC and Software R&D Groups. The Sequoia products dramatically improved patient care, accounted for $5Billion in revenue, and lead to the acquisition of Acuson by Siemens Ultrasound.

Chris received B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, and B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At Hughes Aircraft Company SCG (now Boeing Space,) and then M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory he contributed to multiple imaging and communication satellite programs, including Landsat, Fltsat EHF Package, and Milstar. He then developed voiceband datacom algorithms for TI DSP Group, and ASICs for Silicon Systems Inc. (now Maxim.)

He can be contacted at LinkedIn or at crcole@parallaxgroup.com.

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