Avicena Acquires microLED Fab Facility and Engineering Crew from Nanosys



Avicena, the chief in high-performance microLED-based chip-to-chip interconnects, right this moment introduced that it has accomplished the acquisition of a microLED fabrication facility and related engineering staff from Nanosys. This transaction considerably enhances Avicena’s capabilities within the improvement and manufacturing of high-speed GaN microLEDs optimized for parallel multi-Tbps interconnects.

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The GaN microLED fab was beforehand owned by glō, which invested over $200 million within the improvement of best-in-class microLED shows together with very important investments in manufacturing capabilities. Nanosys acquired glō in Might 2021. Avicena had been utilizing the Nanosys fab for the event of distinctive ultra-fast microLEDs. The acquisition of the fab and related engineering staff considerably will increase the event and manufacturing capabilities.

“We have now already demonstrated LightBundle™ hyperlinks operating at lower than 1pJ/bit and particular person microLED hyperlinks operating at 14Gbps NRZ,” says Bardia Pezeshki, founder and CEO of Avicena, “With the acquisition of the Nanosys microLED improvement amenities we shall be in a superb place to additional advance epitaxy, machine course of and switch expertise and obtain even decrease power and better knowledge charges per lane. Compact, low-cost interconnects utilizing a whole lot of those hyperlinks can help a complete bandwidth of many terabits per second and assist remedy the information bottleneck in superior silicon ICs.”

The amenities embody state-of-the-art epitaxy, wafer processing, and lift-off and switch instruments to post-process silicon ICs with optical interfaces. Along with Avicena’s inner ASIC staff, the corporate plans to ship optical chiplets with excessive capability and very low energy. In comparison with laser or silicon photonics-based interconnects, microLED optical interconnects are well-suited for integration with silicon ICs, decrease energy, decrease value, and goal reaches as much as 10m.

“We thank the microLED fab staff for his or her partnership in creating and manufacturing microLEDs as a part of Nanosys and want them nicely of their future with Avicena,” stated Jason Hartlove, President and CEO of Nanosys. “Avicena is an thrilling firm creating cutting-edge microLED options, and we’re happy to have an fairness stake and the chance to proceed to collaborate with them throughout their subsequent part of progress.”

About Avicena’s LightBundle™ Expertise

LightBundle™ relies on arrays of revolutionary ultra-fast GaN microLEDs that leverage the microLED show ecosystem and might be built-in straight onto excessive efficiency CMOS ICs. Every ultra-low energy microLED array is linked by way of a multi-core fiber cable utilizing a whole lot of parallel optical lanes to an identical array of CMOS-compatible PDs. This design permits ultra-low energy, low-cost multi-Tbps interconnects with as much as 10m attain.

Interconnects have change into the important thing bottleneck in trendy compute and networking programs. Extremely variable workloads are driving the evolution of densely interconnected, heterogeneous, software-defined clusters of XPUs, Good NICs, {hardware} accelerators, and high-performance shared reminiscence. Ever rising Synthetic Intelligence (AI)/Machine Studying (ML) and Excessive-Efficiency Computing (HPC) workloads are driving the necessity for interconnects with ultra-high bandwidth density, ultra-low energy consumption, and low latency.

The parallel nature of LightBundle™ is well-matched to parallel chiplet interfaces like UCIe, OpenHBI, and BoW, and may also be used to increase the attain of current compute interconnects like PCIe/CXL, and HBM/DDR/GDDR reminiscence hyperlinks, in addition to varied inter-processor interconnects like NVLink with low energy and low latency.

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