Scintil Photonics secures investment boost

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Scintil Photonics, a supplier of advanced silicon photonic integrated circuits with monolithically integrated lasers and optical amplifiers, has secured additional investment that completes its second round of funding.

The round was led by Applied Ventures ITIC Innovation Fund, L.P., a fund jointly created by Applied Ventures, LLC and ITIC-Taiwan (Industrial Technology Investment Corporation).

Robert Bosch Venture Capital (RBVC) led the original round in June 2022, and this new investment brings the company’s total funding to date to €19m.

Scintil Photonics’ IC solutions aim to enhance traditional high-speed optical communications from rack-to-rack to chip interconnections and its III-V Augmented Silicon Photonic Integrated Circuit (ASPIC) is a single-chip solution consisting of advanced silicon photonic circuits made from standard silicon photonics processes available at CMOS commercial foundries.

The solution features III-V optical amplifiers and lasers integrated on the backside of advanced silicon photonic circuits. This unique all-in-one integration enables ultra-high-speed communications, due to high parallelization and higher bit rates, for example from 800 Gbit to 3,200 Gbit/sec., thereby helping the multi-billion-dollar electronics industry overcome the slowing of Moore’s Law with the integration of very high-speed optical communications.

The company said that it will use the additional funds to improve its global industrialisation footprint and speed up the commercialisation of its products in the Americas and Asia-Pacific.

“We believe that silicon photonics-based optical chips with integrated lasers represent a major new opportunity in the data centre, High Performance Computing (HPC), cloud systems and telecom markets. Scintil is a great example of our strategy to invest in the Materials to Systems stack. We are excited to be working with its team in advancing the technology with key market leaders in the HPC space,” said Anand Kamannavar, vice president and global head of Applied Ventures.