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Aeponyx is a fabless micro optical switch semiconductor chips designer and manufacturer. Aeponyx chips are targeted at fiber optic access to the Cloud and optical switching in the Cloud.

The company aims to become the leader in Microelectromechanical systems or MEMS-based Silicon Photonics.

The case was filmed in 2015 at the Centre de Micro Innovation (C2MI), in Bromont, Quebec, Canada, at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and the University of McGill, both located in Montreal, Québec, Canada. The case features interviews with Philippe Babin, Aeponyx President and François Menard, Aeponyx Vice-President, Technology.

Course Content

Semiconductors, micro-optics, startups, Montreal, Bromont, telecommunications, fibre optics, internet infrastructure, data centers, optics, information transmission, optical industry, mass production, B to B sales to large organizations, academic industry collaboration, UQAM, microchips, micro electrical mechanical system, C2MI, Product development, industrial grade manufacturing, industrial manufacturing process development, wafer scale manufacturing, silicon photonics, disruptive technologies, optical integrated circuits.

Technical Specs

Filmed in 2015. Produced in 2017.


Philippe Babin, Aeponyx

François Menard, Aeponyx


Executive Producers

Dr Hamid Etemad, McGill University

Hamed Motaghi, Université du Québec en Outaouais



Thierry HarrisCartouche Media


Creative Director

Melissa Gendron, Cartouche Media


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