Christopher R. Cole

Hugh G. Larsen

Lorraine Marshall Wright

J. Nelson Wright


  Parallax Group
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 communication and imaging products. Christopher R. Cole photo

Chris is currently Vice President, Advanced Development, Finisar Corp. where he is defining and developing 100, 200 and 400 Gb/s Ethernet optical interfaces for Cloud Data Centers (DCs), and Carrier Central Offices (COs). He architected and led the development of multiple generations of optical transceivers leading to ~$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 will be one of the three Program Chairs of OFC 2021 and General Chairs 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 primarily on mobile technology for several companies. Before that, Chris was with Acuson Corp. where he was 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, leading to the acquisition of Acuson by Siemens Ultrasound, and accounted for $5Billion in revenue.

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 communication and imaging satellite programs, including Milstar and Landsat. He then developed voiceband datacom algorithms for TI DSP Group, and ASICs for Silicon Systems Inc. (now Maxim.)

He can be contacted at LinkedIn, at (408) 400-1043, or at

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