Photonic startup Ayar Labs sets up in UK

June 30, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Photonic startup Ayar Labs sets up in UK
Californian photonics startup Ayar Labs is setting up a UK subsidiary for optical I/O and looking at other European sites.

Ayar Labs recently showed chip to chip optical links at 1Tbit/s using its patented approach with standard CMOS silicon. This includes high speed, high density, low power optical based interconnect chiplets and lasers to replace traditional electrical based I/O.

Optical I/O has emerged as a key technology for future High Performance Computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications worldwide. Hugo Saleh, VP of Business Development and Marketing at Ayar Labs, is leading the expansion as the Managing Director of the UK subsidiary. The company is also looking at additional sites within Europe to support European customers and projects.

“The need for High Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence continues to accelerate worldwide and Optical I/O is integral to achieving the performance and energy efficiency goals of these advanced systems,” said Jack Eadie, Director of Downing Ventures, which backed the company’s latest $35m series B funding round last year. “This is a multi-billion-dollar global opportunity and we’re excited to see Ayar Labs’ expansion in the UK and Europe to support these fast-growing local markets.”

“Optical I/O will transform the computing industry, enabling the performance and scalability needed for HPC, AI, and 5G+ telecommunication,” said Hugo Saleh, Managing Director of Ayar Labs UK. “We have a number of exciting collaborations already underway. By establishing this initial office, we’re taking our first step to supporting the growing community in the UK and Europe.”

Ayar Labs is also expanding its executive team with the addition of two senior executives from Intel.

Rory McInerney joins Ayar Labs as Executive Advisor focused on building world-class engineering, manufacturing, and supply chain organizations. He spent 29-years at Intel, where he served as Corporate Vice President responsible for the development of Intel Xeon processors and adjacent products for data-centric markets such as cloud, AI, HPC, and networking.

Terry Thorn joins Ayar Labs as Vice President of Business Development focused on growing commercial business and accounts after 24 years at Intel where he served as General Manager of Global Accounts in Intel’s Cloud & Enterprise Sales Group.

“As we grow our footprint with Ayar Labs UK Ltd and bolster our executive leadership team, we are positioning ourselves to take advantage of the growing usage and demand for in-package Optical I/O,” said Charles Wuischpard, CEO of Ayar Labs.

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