Ayar Labs demonstrates industry’s first terabit optical link for co-packaged optics and chip-to-chip connectivity

New technology milestones and strategic vendor agreement with MACOM position Ayar Labs to lead in multibillion-dollar opportunity for data-intensive workloads within artificial intelligence, high performance computing, cloud, telecommunications and aerospace.

Ayar Labs announced that it has successfully demonstrated the industry’s first Terabit per second Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) optical link with its TeraPHY™ optical I/O chiplet and SuperNova™ multi-wavelength optical source. The demonstration shows a fully functional TeraPHY chiplet with 8 optical ports running error free without Forward Error Correction (FEC) for a total bandwidth of 1.024 Tbps and at less than 5 pJ/bit energy efficiency. This is a major milestone in providing optical connectivity to meet the ever-growing bandwidth needs of data-intensive applications, low power interconnects, and new innovative heterogeneous and disaggregated system architectures.

This is yet another industry first demonstration of our technology which promises to transform computing and extend the benefits of Moore’s Law

This is yet another industry first demonstration of our technology which promises to transform computing and extend the benefits of Moore’s Law,” said Charles Wuischpard, CEO, Ayar Labs. “Digital transformation is being driven by cloud, connectivity, artificial intelligence, and intelligent edge; our roadmap of products and custom solutions is tailored to serve these high-volume market segments. We remain on track to deliver on several customer commitments by end of year.”

Ayar Labs also demonstrated the industry’s first multi-wavelength, multi-port optical source with 64 addressable wavelengths. Named SuperNova, it offers eight times the number of wavelengths compared to commercially available pluggable products. The SuperNova is also the first product compliant with the optical source specifications of the CW-WDM MSA, an industry consortium that drives standards for advanced optical communication and computing applications that require a leap in performance, efficiency, cost, and bandwidth scaling. The multi-wavelength source leverages laser technology from MACOM, a supplier of lasers and optoelectronics for telecommunications and data center applications.

MACOM’s novel laser arrays are ideal for silicon photonics and co-packaged optics,” said Stephen G. Daly, President and CEO of MACOM. “As a promoter-level member of the CW-WDM MSA, we are excited to collaborate with Ayar Labs on the next generation of optical devices based on the MSA’s new specification.”

Co-packaged optics is expected to transform our industry throughout this decade, by enabling drastic reductions in the cost and power consumption of optical I/Os. Demonstration of a Terabit link is an important step in this direction,” said Vladimir Kozlov, CEO, LightCounting.

The details of this industry-first demonstration will be presented as a postdeadline paper by Dr. Mark Wade, Co-Founder and CTO of Ayar Labs, on Friday, June 11 at 9:15 a.m. PDT at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC) 2021. OFC postdeadline papers represent the latest and most advanced technical achievements in the field.