OpenLight Launches Silicon Photonics Technology Platform For Chip Design Firms

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OpenLight expects the first open Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) shuttle run on the PH18DA process as well as 400G and 800G reference designs with integrated lasers to be available in Summer 2022

OpenLight, a newly launched company controlled by Synopsys, has introduced the world’s first open silicon photonics platform with integrated lasers.

Chip design firms can use to integrate the technology into their chips. 

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OpenLight expects the first open Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) shuttle run on the PH18DA process as well as 400G and 800G reference designs with integrated lasers to be available in Summer 2022.

OpenLight’s chief operating officer, Thomas Mader, said the new platform will make it easier for more semiconductor companies to integrate silicon photonics into their chip designs. It will first be launched for use through Tower Semiconductor Ltd, which Intel Corp. is in the process of buying. Intel has its own silicon photonics technology.

Dr. Marco Racanelli, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Tower Semiconductor’s Analog Business Unit said, “Providing an open silicon photonics platform with integrated lasers that has been qualified on Tower’s process will help mutual customers innovate and fuel the next generation of silicon photonics designs at scale. We are excited to partner with OpenLight in this journey.”

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