Paul van Gerven
17 January

Boudewijn Docter has announced his resignation as president and director of Effect Photonics, the optical-transceiver company he co-founded in 2009. “Although the adventure is far from over, I feel that the team is ready to guide the company through the next cycle of growth. For me, this is a natural time to hand over my daily activities in the management team to my colleague Roberto Marcoccia and his team,” Docter writes in a post on Linkedin. He adds that he’ll take up “a new challenge elsewhere,” although he’ll “continue to represent Effect Photonics in the Dutch photonics ecosystem.”

Effect Photonics
Credit: Bart van Overbeeke

Effect Photonics develops and markets optical transceivers for 5G and data center applications, which require more and more bandwidth. Integrated photonics technology can do this is at a significantly lower energy cost. Effect Photonics’ products are based on a single InP-based photonic integrated circuit (PIC), featuring dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) functionality, which increases capacity, and tunable lasers, which enable automatic channel tuning.