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Sivers Photonics and Ayar Labs Collaborate to Support Next Generation Network Technology at OFC 2023

CW-WDM MSA Compliant DFB Laser Arrays and SuperNova Remote Optical Source Support AI Connections, Disaggregated Data Centers, 6G, and Phased Array Sensory Systems.

Sivers Photonics and Ayar Labs Collaborate to Support Next Generation Network Technology at OFC 2023

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 at the Sivers Photonics booth (#5400) throughout the OFC exhibition shows two SuperNova™ modules, each with 64 total wavelengths, running without active cooling.

Built on the InP100 product platform at Sivers 100mm UK wafer foundry, the DFB laser array is fully compliant with CW-WDM MSA (Continuous-Wave Wavelength Division Multiplexing Multi-Source Agreement) standards, with an output power of more than 65 mW per channel CW operation and 400 GHz channel spacing around 1300 nm. These devices are compatible in a variety of integration platforms, such as silicon photonics and co-packaged optics (CPO).

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, this complete solution delivers up to 4 terabit per second bi directional data throughput, with nanosecond (ns) latency, whilst consuming a fraction of the power required for traditional electrical I/O.

Revenue generated by the CPO market reached about US$6 million in 2020 and is expected to reach US$2.2 billion in 2032, for a 65% compound annual growth rate in the 2020–2032 period.1 This growth will be driven by CPO’s substantial energy savings (>30%) and capital expenditure savings, measured in dollars/Gbps, over pluggable optics.

“It is a great pleasure work with Ayar Labs as they continue to showcase technology leadership with Sivers Photonics support with this live silicon Photonics demonstration. Our DFB arrays contribute to Ayar Labs industry-first milestone using the Global Foundries SiPi platform which will help unleashing the power of next generation computing,”
said Anders Storm, Group CEO, Sivers Semiconductors.

Live Demos:

  • Live demonstration of Ayar Labs’ SuperNova™ optical source in Sivers Photonics OFC booth #5400
  • Live demonstration of Ayar Labs’ 4 Tbps optical I/O solution in OFC booth #6008

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