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Silicon Photonics on Cusp

Silicon Photonics: Who Should Be on Your Radar and Why

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By Bolaji Ojo

What’s at stake
With silicon photonics promising to vastly accelerate data access and transmission, companies all along the supply chain are jumping in with both feet. Collaborations among rivals are critical at this early stage as companies work to steer the nascent market toward their take on the technology. It’s too early to tell which of these uneasy alliances will prevail, but a look at the partnerships may yield some clues.


Ayar Labs Mounts Chip-to-Chip Optical Connectivity Campaign

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By Junko Yoshida

What’s at stake?
Ayar Labs, a startup focused on optical chip-to-chip interconnections, is gathering investors and semiconductor industry partners, including Intel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Nvidia.  Might its collaborators’ disparate demands for customization overstretch the startup’s engineering team?


Shedding Light on Silicon Photonics

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By Ron Wilson

What’s at stake?
As new fabrication techniques and design tools emerge, the bandwidth, latency and energy-efficiency advantages of silicon photonics move closer to delivering data-driven applications and services. Researchers are pursuing multiple paths to deployment, with specific applications perhaps determining how best to harness light to connect chip components and computing platforms.


Let There Be Light

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By George Leopold

What’s at stake?
The need for speed and bandwidth is driving advances in silicon photonics. An ecosystem is coalescing around the light-based interconnects, with startups emerging to push the technology as established players like Intel scale transceivers and related photonic components. Leveraging current chip design and fabrication processes will be key to unleashing an anticipated Cambrian explosion of photonics-driven applications.