First monolithic 100G optical I/O cores for next-generation data centres

11-03-2022 | Ranovus | New Technologies

Ranovus Inc offers its protocol-agnostic Odin 100G optical I/O cores based on GF Fotonix, GlobalFoundries’ recently announced next-generation, widely disruptive, monolithic platform. GF Fotonix is the first in the industry to combine its differentiated 300mm photonics and RF-CMOS options on a silicon wafer, providing best-in-class performance at scale. The announcement was made at OFC 2022.

Odin 100G optical I/O chiplets and IP cores may be integrated with switches, processors, and memory appliances to allow new data centre architectures for machine learning, AI, metaverse, cloud, 5G communications, and defence and aerospace. Data centres increasingly require efficient, and cost-effective high-capacity interconnect solutions to satisfy the exponential growth in data-driven applications like ML/AI and metaverse. Odin 100Gbps optical I/O scales from 8- to 32-cores in the same footprint by combining its 100Gbps per wavelength monolithic EPIC cores with its proprietary laser and advanced packaging technologies.

“We are delighted to share our multi-disciplinary silicon-photonics IP cores and chiplets, and advanced packaging solutions with our customers who are driving the adoption of novel data centre architectures based on integrating best-in-class chiplets and co-packaged optics”, said Hojjat Salemi, chief business development officer of Ranovus. “Our close collaboration with GlobalFoundries underlines our joint commitment to deliver a fully-featured set of qualified IP cores and chiplets with OSAT-ready high-volume manufacturing flows and supporting ecosystem to enable the huge potential of monolithic silicon photonics.”

“Data centres, computing and sensing applications require incredible processing, transmission and power efficiency as the world’s data needs soar dramatically.” Ranovus’ IP cores, chiplets and advanced packaging solutions, combined with GF Fotonix, provide customers a complete solution to develop the chips needed solve some of the biggest challenges facing data centres today,” commented Anthony Yu, vice president, Computing and Wired Infrastructure Strategic Business Unit at GF.

By Natasha Shek