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Silicon Photonics and the Hunt for an HPC Bandwidth Bottleneck Breakthrough

[SPONSORED CONTENT]  “FLOPS are cheap, moving data is expensive.” In HPC circles this sentiment is heard often. There’s a growing sense that classical HPC systems and the advanced chips that power them are pushing up against their practical limits, that some foundational new technology is needed to build more balanced systems to achieve the next […]

Ayar Labs Wins $15M Optical I/O Contract from DoD

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Nov. 10, 2022 – Ayar Labs, a developer of chip-to-chip optical connectivity, was awarded a $15 million multi-year prototype Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) in support of Project KANAGAWA (the Co-Packaged Analog-Drive High-Bandwidth Optical Input/Output Project). The OTA, a non-traditional government contracting method for fast tracking research and innovation, was issued by Naval Surface […]

Lockheed Martin, Ayar Labs Partner on Microchip Connectivity for Sensory Systems

BETHESDA, Md. and SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Lockheed Martin, (NYSE: LMT) and Ayar Labs, a leader in chip-to-chip optical connectivity, today announced a strategic collaboration to develop future sensory platforms that leverage Ayar Labs’ advanced optical I/O microchips that use light to transfer data faster, at a lower latency, and at a fraction of the […]

Optical I/O Company Ayar Labs Raises $130M in Series C Funding

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – April 26, 2022 – Ayar Labs, a chip-to-chip optical connectivity company, today announced that the company has secured $130 million in additional financing led by Boardman Bay Capital Management to drive the commercialization of its breakthrough optical I/O solution. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and NVIDIA entered this investment round, joining existing […]

LLNL Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Inducts 1 Current, 2 Former Lab Scientists

One current and two former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have been inducted into the Laboratory’s Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame (EHF). The trio, who represent the third class of inductees into the Lab’s EHF, have been honored for developing technologies during or after their lab careers that created major economic impacts or spawned new […]

Canadian Start-Ups Receive US Air Force Grant to Investigate Platforms for Quantum Information

Montreal, March 10, 2022 – A recently awarded grant of $450,000 USD from the US Air Force Research Laboratory’s basic research office, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) will enable two Canadian start-ups, Ki3 Photonics and Quantum Bridge Technologies, to explore highly-entangled states of light towards cutting-edge functionalities in telecommunications and computing. “We’re […]

NeoPhotonics Announces 53 Gbaud PAM4 Driver ICs for 100G and 400G Hyperscale Data Center Networks  

SAN JOSE — March 8, 2022 – NeoPhotonics Corporation (NYSE: NPTN), a developer of silicon photonics and advanced hybrid photonic integrated circuit-based lasers, modules and subsystems for bandwidth-intensive, high-speed communications networks, today announced that it has shipped more than one million single and quad drivers for PAM4 transceivers used in hyperscale data center networks.  NeoPhotonics […]

Ranovus Claims 1st Monolithic 100G Optical I/O Cores

San Diego – March 7, 2022 — Ranovus Inc. (“RANOVUS”) today announced the availability of its protocol-agnostic Odin 100G optical I/O cores based on GF Fotonix, GlobalFoundries’ recently announced monolithic platform. The company said GF Fotonix is the first in the industry to combine its differentiated 300mm photonics and RF-CMOS features on a silicon wafer, delivering […]

Ansys in Silicon Photonics Partnership with GlobalFoundries

PITTSBURGH March 7, 2022 – Ansys (NASDAQ: ANSS) announced it is collaborating with GlobalFoundries to deliver silicon photonics solutions., using photons — instead of electrons — to transfer and move data, supporting GF’s position in the optical networking space. GF Fotonix is GF’s monolithic platform, “the first in the industry to combine its differentiated 300mm photonics […]

HPE and Ayar Labs Partner to Bring Optical I/O to Slingshot Fabric for HPC and AI

HPC systems leader Hewlett Packard Enterprise and startup Ayar Labs, maker of chip-to-chip optical I/O connectivity, today announced a strategic collaboration to integrate silicon photonics within HPE’s high performance Slingshot fabric. Longer term, HPE envisions future generations of HPC systems interconnects significantly enhanced by optical I/O, which is a silicon photonics-based technology that uses light instead of electricity to transmit data. The technology addresses both the need for higher data rates and improved energy efficiency (see “Composable HPC-AI at Scale: The Emergence of Optical I/O Chiplets”).