GlobalFoundries (GF) and Ayar Labs, a startup focused on using light, instead of electricity, to transfer data between chips, today announced they’ve entered into a strategic partnership. The companies will develop and manufacture Ayar’s optical I/O technology using GF’s CMOS fabrication process to deliver an alternative to copper interconnects that offers 10 times higher bandwidth and up to five times lower power. As part of the agreement, GF has also invested an undisclosed amount in Ayar.

The partners say the collaboration will create unique and differentiated solutions for cloud servers, datacenters and HPC customers and will benefit from GF’s investment in 45nm CMOS technology.

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