Christopher R. Cole

Hugh G. Larsen

Lorraine Marshall Wright

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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, where he is investigating optics technologies for emerging datacom applications. Laser specifications for some of these are standardized in the CW-WDM MSA, of which he is Chair.

Previously he was Vice President, Systems Engineering, at an ML start-up investigating optical computing. 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 $1 billion of Finisar and billions of optics industry revenue. These are used in high speed optical links in every Cloud and 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," and an OPTICA Fellow (formerly Optical Society of America), elected for "pioneering contributions to architectures, specifications, standardization, and product development of 10G, 40G, 100G, 200G and 400G optical interfaces. He was one of the Technical Program Chairs of OFC 2021 and is one of the General Chairs of OFC 2023, the largest and the premier global communication and networking conference and exhibition. His bibliography has over 300 articles, presentations, lectures and patents in the areas of optics, communications, signal processing, integrated circuits, and ultrasound.

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Prior to Finisar and its acquisition BBN, Chris consulted full time with the Parallax Group 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 Analog Devices).

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