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Sivers Photonics and Ayar Labs demonstrate SuperNova™ multi-wavelength light source with Sivers DFB laser arrays at ECOC 2022

Basel, Switzerland Sivers Semiconductors AB today announces that its subsidiary, Sivers Photonics, has successfully demonstrated its CW-WDM MSA compliant distributed feedback (DFB) laser arrays with Ayar Labs’ SuperNova™ remote optical source, paving the way for applications such as high performance computing, artificial intelligence, and high density optics.

The joint demonstration showcased the 8-wavelength DFB laser array from Sivers Photonics, powering the Ayar Labs SuperNova™ light source. The live demonstration, taking place in the Sivers Photonics booth (#616) throughout the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC), shows two SuperNova™ modules where each module has 64 total wavelengths (8 discrete wavelengths across 8 optical fibers) running without active cooling.

Built on the InP100 product platform at Sivers 100mm UK wafer foundry, the DFB laser array is compliant with CW-WDM MSA (Continuous-Wave Wavelength Division Multiplexing Multi-Source Agreement) standards, with an output power of more than 50mW per channel CW operation and 400GHz channel spacing around 1300nm.

The SuperNova™ optical source from Ayar Labs, provides up to 16 wavelengths of light, powering up to 16 ports. Combined with Ayar Labs’ TeraPHY™ optical I/O chiplet, the solution delivers Terabit data rates at low power and latency over distances up to hundreds of meters compared to existing electrical I/O alternatives.

We are excited to showcase the integration of our DFB laser arrays in the SuperNova™ module, live at ECOC 2022. Our bespoke DFB laser arrays will not only support Ayar Labs’ optical I/O solution and will enable the growth of a strong CW-WDM MSA ecosystem for development in this high-volume market,” said William McLaughlin, Managing Director, Sivers Photonics.

This successful demonstration of our SuperNova™ light source with Sivers’ DFB laser array is key to bringing our optical I/O solution to market at scale. This is also further proof that we’re seeing tremendous advancements in ecosystem maturity, with strong support building for the CW-WDM MSA standard that ensures open development and interoperability of applications for optical I/O,” said Charles Wuischpard, CEO of Ayar Labs.

It is a great honor to be cooperating with Ayar Labs, offering ground-breaking technology that will support the future of high-performance computing architectures. With this showcase of Sivers’ laser arrays with Ayar Labs SuperNova™ technology we show that Sivers can offer best in class solutions for this emerging market,” said Anders Storm, Group CEO, Sivers Semiconductors.

Sivers Semiconductors AB is a leading and internationally recognized technology company that supplies ICs and integrated modules through its two business areas Wireless and Photonics. Wireless develops mmWave products for advanced 5G systems for data and telecommunications networks and satellite communication. The portfolio includes RF transceivers, beamforming front end ICs, integrated mmwave antennas, repeaters, and software algorithms for optimum mmWave RF performance. Photonics develops and manufactures semiconductor based optical products for optical fiber networks, sensors and optical fiber communications (Li-Fi). The company is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm under SIVE. The head office is located in Kista, Sweden. For more information: http://www.sivers-semiconductors.com            

Ayar Labs is disrupting 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. 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 I/O. The company was founded in 2015 and is funded by a number of domestic and international venture capital firms as well as strategic investors. For more information, visit www.ayarlabs.com.

The CW-WDM MSA (Continuous-Wave Wavelength Division Multiplexing Multi-Source Agreement) was formed to standardize WDM CW sources in O-band for emerging advanced integrated optics applications that are expected to move to 8, 16, and 32 wavelengths. Such higher wavelength counts are needed for emerging applications such as AI, HPC, and high-density optics, and enable a leap in performance, efficiency, cost, and bandwidth scaling compared with other technologies. For more information about the CW-WDM MSA, please visit https://cw- wdm.org.

 

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