GlobalFoundries Announces Next Generation in Silicon Photonics Solutions and Collaborates with Industry Leaders to Advance a New Era of More in the Data Center
The more than 42 billion connected IoT devices generating ~177 ZB of data annually1 combined with the rise of power consumption in data centers, is driving the need for innovative solutions to move and compute data faster and more energy efficiently. These key market trends and implications have catalyzed GF's focus on groundbreaking semiconductor solutions that harvest the potential of photons, instead of electrons to move data and position GF to continue to be the manufacturing leader in the optical networking module market that is projected to grow at a CAGR of 26% between 2021 and 2026, reaching about
Today GF is proud to announce GF Fotonix™, its next generation, widely disruptive silicon photonics platform. GF has active design wins with major customers, significant market share today and expects its growth in this segment to outpace the market.
GF also announced it is partnering with industry leader Cisco Systems, Inc., on a custom silicon photonics solution for DCN and DCI applications, including an interdependent Process Design Kit (PDK) in close collaboration with our GF manufacturing services team.
Customers and Partner support for GF Silicon Photonics Solutions
"We're working closely with
"As one of our trusted semiconductor partners across a broad range of technologies and process nodes, we are happy to see Global Foundries extend their investments for enabling a photonics ecosystem across components and integrated solutions,"
"The demands of today and tomorrow's networking and communications infrastructure are requiring higher performance technologies for the design and manufacture of our optical transceiver modules," said
"Marvell continues to lead the industry with the highest performance transimpedance amplifiers and modulator drivers for next-generation optical connectivity solutions for the cloud data centers and carrier markets," said Dr.
"Since our earliest days,
"At Lightmatter, our technology delivers compute that is faster and more efficient than anything else in the market—results like these aren't possible with conventional chips," said
"Our telecoms, defense and data center customers need innovative new ways to transmit, connect and compute data at the speed of light," said
"We are leveraging GF's new Fotonix™ platform to develop custom silicon photonics chips that meet our advanced quantum computing requirements," said
"We are delighted to share our multi-disciplinary silicon-photonics IP cores and chiplets, and advanced packaging solutions with our customers who are driving the adoption of novel data center architectures based on integrating best-in-class chiplets and co-packaged optics," said
"Many chips, operating in parallel and networked together, are required to process the large number of qubits involved in fault-tolerant quantum computing algorithms," said
"Silicon photonics is now recognized as a necessary technology for the datacenter revolution, and our leading semiconductor manufacturing technology platform accelerates adoption into the mainstream," said
GF solutions to move and compute data at speed of light
GF Fotonix is a monolithic platform, the first in the industry to combine its differentiated 300mm photonics features and 300GHz-class RF-CMOS on a silicon wafer, delivering best-in-class performance at scale. GF Fotonix consolidates complex processes that were previously distributed across multiple chips onto a single chip by combining a photonic system, radio frequency (RF) components and high-performance complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) logic on a single silicon chip.
GF is the only pure-play foundry with a 300mm monolithic silicon photonics solution that has demonstrated the industry's highest data rate per fiber (0.5Tbps/fiber). This enables 1.6-3.2Tbps optical chiplets, which deliver faster, more efficient transmission of data, more efficiently with better signal integrity. In addition, the up to 10,000x improvement in system error rate enables next generation artificial intelligence (AI).
GF Fotonix enables the highest level of integration onto a photonics integrated circuit (PIC) so customers can integrate more product functions and simplify their bill of materials (BOMs). End customers can realize greater performance through increased capacity and capability. The new solution also enables innovative packaging solutions, such as the passive attachment for larger fiber arrays, support for 2.5D packaging, and on-die lasers.
GF Fotonix solutions will be manufactured at the company's advanced manufacturing facility in
In addition, for customers needing discrete, high-performance RF solutions for optical systems, GF also announced it is adding new features onto the GF SiGe platform. High-performance silicon germanium (SiGe) solutions from GF are designed to deliver the speed and bandwidth required to transport information through next generation fiber optic high speed networks.
GlobalFoundries® (GF®) is one of the world's leading semiconductor manufacturers. GF is redefining innovation and semiconductor manufacturing by developing and delivering feature-rich process technology solutions that provide leadership performance in pervasive high growth markets. GF offers a unique mix of design, development and fabrication services. With a talented and diverse workforce and an at-scale manufacturing footprint spanning the
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Shannon Love, GlobalFoundries, (480) 225-7325, Shannon.email@example.com