Optical I/O is Here…

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Major players from all over the technology map — AI, HPC, aerospace, data center, cloud, and telecom — are using optical I/O to develop next-generation solutions to meet the growing bandwidth, power, and latency requirements of compute-intensive applications. Discover how NVIDIA, Lockheed, Intel, Ericsson, Corning, and others are looking to in-package optical I/O to enable new approaches, such as memory disaggregation and next-gen AI scale-up architectures.

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Aerospace giants like Lockheed Martin and Raytheon see optical I/O advancing multiple SWaP-constrained applications like digital beamforming, phased array radar, mil-aero sensor platforms, and disaggregated airborne systems. For example, placing sensors on the wings and nose of a jet and employing lightweight, EMI-resistant optical I/O to quickly send data to processing units in the center of the plane.

Enabling Data-Intensive, Real-Time Battlefield Communication

Enabling Real-Time Battlefield Communication: Silicon Photonics in Converged-Sensor Platforms

Lockheed Martin Corporation is exploring converged-sensor system architectures as an alternative to siloed sensor systems. Platforms use high-performance radio frequency and electro-optic/infrared sensors for multiple tasks, shared across multiple systems.

Designing the Future of Digital Beamforming and Antenna Arrays

Digital beamforming is the core technology driving advanced radar and communications. It uses a large number of elements in antenna arrays and enables faster, more precise, higher fidelity radar. Only optical I/O from Ayar Labs can manage the quadratic increase in bandwidth density needed to deliver precise, higher fidelity phased array radar.

Artificial Intelligence

Optical I/O enables disaggregated, composable system architectures that are optimized for large-scale AI workloads and economically scale performance and throughput for both training and inference. Customers maximize the compute efficiency and performance of their AI infrastructure, while reducing costs, latency, and power consumption. NVIDIA believes optical I/O is a key technology on the path to its next million-X speedup in AI.

Ayar Labs Optical I/O: Shattering the Barriers to AI at Scale

Generative AI enables transformative outcomes, but model complexity is growing exponentially. Traditional interconnects create a bottleneck for data, forcing GPUs to remain idle over 70 percent of the time. Optical I/O connects nodes at scale so they work like a single, giant GPU.

Scalable and Sustainable AI: Rethinking Hardware and System Architecture

In-Package Optical I/O for Generative AI Architectures

This solution brief explores the needs of near-future generative AI architectures, as well as how optical I/O can help solve some of the problems currently facing industry leaders.

Cloud and Data Center

Cloud and data center service providers see optical I/O enabling innovative system designs, such as disaggregated architectures that match resources to workloads. Companies such as Intel, Google, and HPE see opportunities for multiple applications that deliver significantly increased bandwidth and reach with significantly lower power consumption.

4 Tbps Optical FPGA Technology from Intel and Ayar Labs: Spend Your Precious Power on Compute, Not Connectivity

Sergey Shumarayev, Intel senior principal engineer/distinguished architect, shares how optical FPGA technology addresses socket power challenges for data-intensive applications like generative AI.

GlobalFoundries & Ayar Labs: Delivering Optical I/O for AI/ML

Dr. Anthony J. Yu, VP, silicon photonics product management, GlobalFoundries, addresses how Ayar Labs’ optical technology unlocks the compute power necessary for data-intensive applications like artificial intelligence and machine learning.

High Performance Computing

Ayar Labs’ in-package optical I/O delivers 5x-10x higher bandwidth with a 4x-8x improvement in power efficiency and 10x lower latency, compared to traditional interconnects — pluggable optics + electrical SerDes. These improvements are critical for the HPC architectures of the future, from advanced memory architectures to composable computing to disaggregated systems.


Optical I/O Chiplets Eliminate Bottlenecks to Unleash Innovation

Optical I/O Chiplets Eliminate Bottlenecks to Unleash Innovation

Ayar Labs has pioneered a groundbreaking solution to data bottlenecks: the industry’s first in-package optical I/O, optimized for large-scale HPC/AI workloads.

Ayar Labs’ Optical I/O Enables Disaggregated Architectures for HPC, Cloud, and AI

Disaggregated architectures are shifting the paradigm of innovation by enabling resource composability for more efficient utilization in cloud, AI, and high performance computing.


Traditional mobile networks need to rapidly transform at the edge to handle the exponential growth in traffic and AI-driven services. Optical I/O enables new telecom architectures to meet this challenge.


Revolutionary Optics + Glass Waveguide Redefine AI, Telecom & Data Center Infrastructures

Ayar Labs and Corning have developed a next-generation AI optical solution that couples Ayar Labs’ TeraPHY™ optical I/O chiplets and Corning’s unique glass waveguide module with built-in optical connections. Ericsson is partnering with Ayar Labs and Corning to develop their telecom future radio.

Expanding Bandwidth and Flexibility for Telecommunications Using Optical I/O

Expanding Bandwidth and Flexibility for Telecommunications Using Optical I/O

As 5G networking transforms the telecommunications industry and 6G is close at hand, the need for increased bandwidth across wireless and wired infrastructure has become obvious.

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