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Ayar Labs Aims To Eliminate AI’s Bottlenecks At Light Speed​

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Driving the AI Revolution

with Optical I/O

Ayar Labs is transforming AI infrastructure by accelerating data movement. Our breakthrough optical I/O solution enables composable system architectures optimized for large-scale AI workloads, while also scaling performance and throughput for training and inference. Ayar Labs’ industry-first, standards-based technology shatters data bottlenecks and gives customers the bandwidth, energy efficiency, and latency that AI workloads require.

“NVIDIA is reimagining the data center with integrated hardware, software, and networking for accelerated computing. Generative AI models with trillions of parameters are accelerating demand for this platform, which is why we are increasing our investment in Ayar Labs.”

Craig Thompson,
Vice President of Business Development, Networking Business Unit, NVIDIA

Solving Data Bottlenecks with Optical I/O

The soaring complexity and size of AI models are overwhelming infrastructure that is based on traditional interconnect technology.  By moving data using light, optical I/O makes it possible to continue scaling computing system performance, enabling the next system design breakthroughs for the growth of generative AI, disaggregated data centers, and more.

Moving Data with Light

Moving Data with Light

Ayar Lab’s solution combines two industry-first technologies — the TeraPHY™ optical I/O chiplet and SuperNova™ multi-wavelength remote light source — to maximize compute efficiency while reducing costs, latency, and power consumption. It is standards-based, future-proof, and scalable, designed to optimize AI performance.

Based on open standards and optimized for both AI training and inference, Ayar Labs’ optical I/O solution is backed by a robust ecosystem that enables it to integrate smoothly into AI systems at scale.

5-10x

higher bandwidth

4-8x

more power efficient

10x

lower latency

(than traditional interconnects: pluggable optics+electrical SerDes)

Our Core Values

Win in the marketplace
Innovate
or die
Stay honest 
and open
Be the best. 
Be bold
Keep a 
scalable 
mindset

Our Story

2010

First ever monolithic microring transmitters demonstrated

2015

Company created: Ayar Labs

First ever CPU chip to communicate with optical I/O

2016

2017

Strategic partnership formed with GlobalFoundries

Prototype 45nm optical chip

2018

2019

Selected as optical solution for Intel’s DARPA PIPES Project

2020

$35M Series B

First working silicon in next-gen 45nm silicon photonics process

Intel & Ayar Labs demonstrate optical I/O in FPGA for PIPES

CW-WDM MSA established

2021

First Tbps optical link demonstrated

Supply chain partnership formed with MACOM

2022

$130M Series C

First volume shipments

Technology partnerships formed with HPE, Lockheed Martin, NVIDIA

Supply chain partnerships formed with Lumentum, Sivers

2023

$25M Series C-1

Publicly demonstrated industry’s first 4-Tbps optical solution

Awards

America’s Best Startup Employers 2024

The 10 Hottest Semiconductor Startups Of 2023

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Next Big Things in Tech 2023

20th Annual Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards

NatSec100 2023

Silicon 100: Startups Worth Watching in 2023

America’s Best Startup Employers 2023

The Photonics 100 2023

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Next Big Things in Tech 2022

2021 Gartner “Cool Vendor” in Silicon Photonics

Tech Startups to Bet Your Career on in 2021

Game Changing Startups 2020

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