New Funding and DARPA Grant to Propel Optical Interconnects at Ayar Labs

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Charlie Wuispard is CEO of Ayer Labs

Today Ayar Labs announced that the company has secured additional funding to fuel its growth as it drives to productize its TeraPHY optical I/O chiplets and SuperNova multi-wavelength lasers in 2019. The company aims to disrupt the traditional performance, cost, and efficiency curves of the semiconductor and computing industries by driving a” 1000x improvement” in interconnect bandwidth density at 10x lower power.

Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) is a strategic long-term partner on our journey to bring our revolutionary technology to market,” said Charles Wuischpard, CEO of Ayar Labs. “Our customers and partners are excited at the progress we’re making; SVB’s investment will fuel our growth and accelerate our volume product introduction.”

The funding comes on the heels of the Optical Fiber Conference (OFC), where there was significant industry focus on the need for integrating silicon photonics based optical interconnect into semiconductor packages – a technique that promises to dramatically improve application performance, significantly reduce power consumption, and reduce overall datacenter platform costs for the Artificial Intelligence, High Performance Computing, Cloud, and Telecom markets.

Related announcements:

  • DARPA Grant. Ayar Labs has been awarded a DARPA grant as part of the “Photonics in the Package for Extreme Scalability” (PIPES) program, a research initiative that seeks to develop high- bandwidth optical signaling technologies for digital microelectronics. Through the grant, Ayar Labs will work to accelerate the adoption and integration of the Advanced Interface Bus (AIB), a royalty-free high- bandwidth electrical interconnect standard, which will be used to link third-party chips to TeraPHY.
  • New Hire. Vladimir Stojanovic, a co-founder of Ayar Labs and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley, will be joining Ayar Labs in a full-time capacity to lead system architecture.

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