Lockheed Martin and Ayar Labs are collaborating on optical I/O for reduced latency and power consumption in defense applications.
The two companies plan to develop sensor platforms that leverage Ayar Labs’ optical I/O chiplets in Department of Defense applications that capture, digitize, transport, and process spectral information.
These will be multi-chip package (MCP) components that place high-density, high-efficiency optical I/O chiplets in the same microelectronics package as the RF processing devices. The development and integration of Ayar Labs’ TeraPHY optical I/O chiplets and SuperNova light source represent a faster, more efficient, and more reliable transfer of data throughout the platform. This is important for next-generation architectures that will use phased array apertures to connect systems and people to make smarter, faster decisions, Ayar Labs said in a statement.
“As the complexity and amount of data grows on the battlefield, faster decision-making is essential. New innovative system architectures, coupled with AI and machine learning techniques, are needed for our customers’ mission success,” said Steve Walker, CTO at Lockheed Martin.
Charles Wuischpard, CEO of Ayar Labs, said: “Our advances in interconnect density, latency, reach and power efficiency represent a significant advantage for extreme-edge sensing applications, which is critical for enabling next-generation architectures and systems. For example, our optical I/O solution will provide a 5x power reduction and 12x size reduction versus a representative mid-board optical solution.”
Engineers from Lockheed Martin and Ayar Labs have co-authored a paper entitled ‘Converged RF Phased Arrays enabled by Silicon Photonics’ due for presentation at the IEEE International Symposium on Phased Array Systems and Technology.
Ayar Labs is a portfolio member company of Lockheed Martin Ventures.
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