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  Subject:   The Tera Era

  Sponsor:   US Japan Technology Management Center

  Speaker:   Dr. Waguih Ishak

  Date:   Thursday, April 6, 2000

  Time:   4:15pm - 5:30pm

  Location:   Skilling Auditorium [look for it in a campus map][new]

  Event URL:   http://fuji.Stanford.edu/seminars/spring00

  Sponsor URL:   http://fuji.Stanford.edu/

  Costs:   FREE (Open to Public)

  Contact:   viji@stanford.edu


We are approaching an era in which people will need 1-Gbit/s communications ports in their offices, their
homes, and even on the road. These high-speed communications ports will enable telecommuting, telemedicine,
teleeducation, and a variety of multimedia applications for entertainment and computing. These demands for
high-speed communications will require new telecommunications and data communications infrastructure with
terabit/s data rates. Additionally, these communications networks will require very high-speed computers
(Tflops), very high-speed instrumentation (THz), and large information storage (Tbytes). The technologies
needed to reach these rates are being worked on at many R&D organizations around the world. In fact, many
demonstrations have been completed in 1996-1997 showing 1-Tbit/s communications links over more than 100
kilometers, 1-Tflops computers, and 1-THz instrumentation. -Thus, we can safely say that the Tera Era is on
the horizon.


Waguih Ishak is the director of the Communications and Optics Research Laboratory (CORL) at Agilent Labs
in Palo Alto, Calif. Waguih received bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering from Cairo University in 
1971 and in mathematics from Ain Shams University, located near Cairo, in 1973. He received his master's and 
doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, in 1975 and 1978, 

Waguih joined HP Labs in 1978 and began designing magnetic bubble propagation and detection circuits and 
surface acoustic wave (SAW) low-loss filters. In 1987, he became the manager of the Photonics Technology 
Department and in 1995 was named the director of CORL, which explores photonics (fiber optics, integrated 
optics, optoelectronics, and micro optics) and integrated electronics. 

In December of 1995, Waguih became the manager of the Communications & Optics Research Laboratory in the
Measurement Research Center at Agilent Laboratories. Waguih has written about 40 journal and conference papers,
four chapters in the "Handbook of Electronic Instruments." He is named an inventor in seven patents.

 Event history: Submitted by fclark on 04-Apr-2000;

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