Rockley Photonics has announced plans to establish an R&D centre at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork to support its silicon photonics research programme.

The programme, part of a three-year collaboration with the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC), based at Tyndall, represents a joint investment of €3.4million by Rockley and Science Foundation Ireland to advance silicon photonics from the lab to the market.

Dr Andrew Rickman, founder, CEO, and chairman of Rockley Photonics, explained: “Our highly innovative silicon photonics technology is designed to address the optical I/O challenges facing next-generation data centres – allowing network architects to take advantage of new high-density, low-power connectivity solutions and explore new network topologies and equipment design.

“This investment with IPIC will enable us to combine our expertise and use Tyndall’s state of the art facilities to develop groundbreaking early-stage technologies. This will not only have a huge impact on the future architecture design of large data centres, but will also improve the power and computational capacity of new consumer devices and provide robust sensing solutions in the autonomous vehicles and consumer device sectors, as well as others.”

IPIC’s director Professor Paul Townsend, also head of photonics at Tyndall, added: “The investment will not only advance IPIC’s optical modulator and photonics integration technologies into products designed for volume production, but will also strongly position both IPIC and Rockley to take competitive advantage in the datacomms market.”