editor's blog
Subscribe Now

Monolithic Photonics

An interesting development was announced yesterday in the photonics world. In what appears to be a first of its kind, at least commercially, Skorpios announced a monolithic tunable laser – CMOS and 3/5 bits on the same chip. This eliminates the need to have the circuitry on one chip and then drive that into a separate chip that does the lasing, with obvious integration and efficiency benefits.

Skorpios does custom photonic work for its strategic investors, and in doing this process development, they have put together what amount to photonic standard cells; they talk about opening up an ASIC-like capability for integrated photonics. While it’s possible they could consider licensing out these cells in the future, that’s not their plan now, so for the most part, the cell capability benefits them internally as they take on custom projects and deliver monolithic results.

The real question, though, is what they did to make this feasible and commercially viable. And detailed answers on that are not forthcoming yet. More disclosure is planned, and I hope to be able to talk more about how they got their results at that time.

You can get more on the current level of released information from their press release.

Leave a Reply

featured blogs
Mar 25, 2019
The 2018 AI Index Report , developed by scientists and researchers in the AI field was recently released. This report uses quantitative data, such as publication counts or mentions of AI, to assess... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community sit...
Mar 22, 2019
In the video above, it might not appear that much is taking place, but just like with transformers there is “more than meets the eye.” Alright, that was corny, and I am mildly ashamed, but Nanosecond Event Detection for shock and vibration is nothing to be ashamed...
Mar 21, 2019
A Race to the Finish: Announcing the Winners of the 2019 3D InCites Awards Mentor Embedded Linux launch targets enterprise-class gap Using AI Data For Security How to optimize your testbench-to-DUT connections VCSEL Technology Takes Off A Race to the Finish: Announcing the...
Jan 25, 2019
Let'€™s face it: We'€™re addicted to SRAM. It'€™s big, it'€™s power-hungry, but it'€™s fast. And no matter how much we complain about it, we still use it. Because we don'€™t have anything better in the mainstream yet. We'€™ve looked at attempts to improve conven...