Meta funds AR semiconductor research chair in Ireland

Meta funds AR semiconductor research chair in Ireland

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By Nick Flaherty

Tyndall National Institute, based at University College Cork, Ireland, is setting up a research chair for semiconductor technologies for augmented reality (AR) backed by US giant Meta.

The Meta Industrial Chair in Semiconductor Technologies underpins a four year research programme led by Tyndall’s Professor Paul Hurley (above left) into photonics and chiplet systems with different types of chips for miniature AR displays.

“The optoelectronic efficiency of ultra-scaled devices such as micro LEDs is dominated by surfaces and interfaces. The goal of this research engagement with Meta is to investigate heterogeneous systems and determine their impact on efficiency, further informing critical technology adoption in future products,” he said.

This could lead to significant advances for devices for AR glasses and the next generation of mobile phones, tapping into a recent deal to join the Silicon Catalyst incubator to work with UK and European startups.

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“Meta’s work with Tyndall will further develop our semiconductor research programme and hopefully lead to new advances in display technologies and product innovations for the AR sector. The work further strengthens Ireland’s strategic importance to Meta and in particular, Tyndall’s research excellence in semiconductors and photonics,” said Professor William Scanlon, CEO of  Tyndall National Institute.

“We’re delighted with the appointment of Professor Paul Hurley as Meta’s Chair to advance research in miniature light display technologies for Augmented Reality. It is a testament to the calibre of Irish academic research, and in particular the research that Paul is leading at the Tyndall National Institute,” said Pádraig Hughes, Head of Reality Labs at Meta in Cork said,


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