Global Foundries Has Quietly Become A Player In Silicon Photonics Manufacturing
Silicon photonics is ramping up to be one of the more interesting technologies to emerge over the last 10 years. The problems today are simple, but the solutions are hard. We need more bandwidth between everything. We need higher bandwidth between servers in datacenters, we need faster connections between datacenters, and we need fast connections connecting the entire telecommunications infrastructure. And given the challenges with Moore’s Law, it’s becoming harder and harder to shrink silicon and connect those pieces together. Enter silicon photonics—the utilization of optical I/O for rapid transmission of data. One company deeply involved in silicon photonics is GlobalFoundries, a leading specialty fab.