Nvidia, Intel, others pour $130m into optical chip startup Ayar Labs

Apr 26, 2022Media

Ayar Labs believes future chips and systems will be connected by light rather than electrical signals, and that vision is receiving considerable buy-in from semiconductor giants Nvidia and Intel – as well as a few other major tech companies and more than a dozen investment firms.

This buy-in is coming in the form of a $130 million series-C funding round for Ayar Labs, announced on Tuesday, that will help the startup commercialize its chip-to-chip optical photonics technology, which it claims is a much faster way to transmit data than electrical signaling while using much less power.

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