Ayar Labs has announced that it´s been selected as Intel´s optical I/O solution partner for their recently awarded DARPA PIPES research project, the company said.
The goal of PIPES (Photonics in Package for Extreme Scalability) is to develop integrated optical I/O solutions co-packaged with next generation FPGA/CPU/GPU and accelerators in Multi-Chip Packages (MCP) to provide extreme data rates (input/output) at ultra-low power over much longer distances than supported by current technology.
In the first phase of the project, the Ayar Labs TeraPHY™ chiplet will be co-packaged with an Intel FPGA using the AIB (Advanced Interconnect Bus) interface and Intel´s EMIB silicon-bridge packaging.
The TeraPHY™ chiplet is manufactured on GLOBALFOUNDRIES state-of-the-art 45nm platform, which enabled Ayar Labs to build a monolithic, single-die solution that integrates both electrical and optical photonic circuits and devices on a single chip.
Ayar Labs´ patented approach uses industry standard cost-effective silicon processing techniques to develop high speed, high density, low power optical based interconnect “chiplets” and lasers to replace traditional electrical based IO. The company was founded in 2015 and is funded by Playground Global and Founders Fund, as well as strategic investments by GLOBALFOUNDRIES, and Intel Capital. For more information, visit http://www.ayarlabs.com.