Luxtera joins Sun Microsystems and DARPA in intrachip communications project

October 24, 2008--Silicon CMOS photonics company Luxtera (Carlsbad, CA) signed a multi-million dollar contract with Sun Microsystems for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Ultraperformance Nanophotonic Intrachip Communications (UNIC) program. Luxtera's technology and silicon fabrication processes will be used to develop next-generation optical chip-to-chip and intra-chip interconnect technology for low-cost, enhanced-performance computer systems.

October 24, 2008--Silicon CMOS photonics company Luxtera (Carlsbad, CA) signed a multi-million dollar contract with Sun Microsystems for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Ultraperformance Nanophotonic Intrachip Communications (UNIC) program. Luxtera's technology and silicon fabrication processes will be used to develop next-generation optical chip-to-chip and intra-chip interconnect technology for low-cost, enhanced-performance computer systems.

Luxtera is the first company to successfully overcome the complex technical obstacles involved with integrating high-performance optics directly with silicon electronics on a monolithic CMOS chip. The company's award-winning Silicon CMOS photonics optical technology is providing a more efficient way to construct optical transceivers thereby increasing efficiency and reliability. For this project, Luxtera is supplying strategic direction, baseline optoelectronic circuits, tools and device design support for Sun Microsystems, and ultimately DARPA, to produce low-power optical transmitters and receivers.

"We selected Luxtera for its proven technology and processes and overall expertise required for developing next-generation photonics technology for the UNIC program," said Jim Mitchell, Sun Fellow & VP, New Technology Adoption, of Sun Microsystems. "They have been extremely successful in the utilization of Silicon CMOS Photonics and delivering direct 'fiber-to-the-chip' connectivity in commercial products."

"A key element of our technology is that we enable fabrication of optical and electronic circuits on a common mainstream CMOS chip," said Greg Young, CEO of Luxtera. "This capability is the key enabler of next-generation, optically interconnected multi-core processors and computing systems. We are the only company that achieved this capability in high-volume production environments as demonstrated by our first commercial product, Blazar - 40 Gigabit Optical Active Cable."

For more information, visit www.luxtera.com.

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