Ayar Labs, an Emeryville, CA-based developer of patented monolithic in-package optical I/O (MIPO) solution, received a strategic investment from Lockheed Martin Ventures.
The amount of the deal was not disclosed.
The funds will be used to accelerate the commercialization of Ayar Labs’ patented monolithic in-package optical I/O (MIPO) solution for applications that require high bandwidth, low latency and power efficient short reach interconnects.
Founded in 2015 and led by Charles Wuischpard, CEO, Ayar Labs leverages a patented approach that uses silicon processing techniques to develop high speed, high density, low power optical based interconnect “chiplets” and lasers to replace traditional electrical based I/O.
Focused application areas are in Artificial Intelligence (AI), where compute to compute I/O bandwidth is a critical requirement; High Performance Computing (HPC), to enable new system architectures that can maintain Moore’s Law price/performance scaling; and Digital Beamforming radar applications, to enable interconnect bandwidths to handle massive increases in Radio Frequency (RF) inputs.
The company is funded by Playground Global and Founders Fund, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Intel Capital, and now Lockheed Martin Ventures.