Skorpios delivering the first tunable laser based on its novel process which removes the last barriers towards a CMOS ASIC-like business model for optics, we are a step closer to delivering next generation IP networks that are even lower cost and more scalable than today’s. Ericsson’s 4G IP portfolio will benefit from this pioneering technology in the coming years.
This is a quantum leap forward in the level of photonic integration, and represents a key missing piece of the silicon photonics puzzle, moving the laser in-chip and delivering a truly single chip solution”, stated Stephen Krasulick, Founder and CEO of Skorpios Technologies, “Skorpios was founded on the premise of making the world’s highest performance silicon photonic devices. The demonstration of the narrow-linewidth, tunable laser is just the first example of a class of devices that STAB enables. Products based on Skorpios’ STAB platform offer an order of magnitude cost reduction. Not only does this enable for the first time WDM solutions to be deployed within the data center, but also dramatically reduces the CapEx requirements for long-haul and metro communication networks.
The laser was made using the Skorpios STAB process at commercial foundry. The result is photonic CMOS IC that is planar and hermetically encapsulated. Additionally, the Skorpios CMOS laser IC does not require post-fabrication assembly processes such as flip-chip bonding, turning mirrors, lenses or active alignments.
Products based on Skorpios' STAB platform offer an order of magnitude cost reduction compared with previous, equivalent performance lasers, Skorpios said. The laser means that for the first time wavelength-division multiplex (WDM) can be deployed within the data center and it will also reduce the cost of implementing long-haul and metro communication networks, said Stephen Krasulick, founder and CEO of Skorpios Technologies (Albuquerque, New Mexico), in a statement.
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