PI Group: Piacentini as New Director of International Programs
I. Piacentini joined the PI Group as Director of International Programs on 1 September 2013, and is working from PI miCos, a subsidiary of PI GmbH & Co. KG/DE. Before being employed at the Group, I. Piacentini directed ImagingLab, an engineering and consulting company specializing in machine vision and robotics. I. Piacentini was also the former Business Development Manager Europe for imaging and motion products of National Instruments Corporate. Furthermore Piacentini has spent many years working for the European Commission (Euratom) designing control and data acquisition systems for the thermonuclear fusion research community.
Silicon photonics describes a new technology for microchips manufacturing where optical and electronic components are integrated in silicon during the wafer production process. These microchips use light for terabits-per-second data transfer, with extremely reduced power consumption over optical waveguides, replacing electrical signals over conventional conductors. Nanopositioning technology can be applied throughout the manufacturing process of photonics-based components and systems, solving a number of assembly, positioning and testing issues.