Robert Bosch VC backs Scintil Photonics with €13.5 million to focus on optical interconnects

The funds will enable the fabless silicon photonics company to accelerate global commercialisation of its III-V Augmented Silicon Photonic ICs for optical interconnects
Robert Bosch VC backs Scintil Photonics with €13.5 million to focus on optical interconnects

Grenoble-based Scintil Photonics, a supplier of advanced silicon photonic integrated circuits with monolithically integrated lasers and optical amplifiers, has raised €13.5 million in funding. The second round of investment was led by Robert Bosch Venture Capital (RBVC), with participation from shareholders Supernova Invest, Innovacom and Bpifrance, through its Digital Venture fund. The new capital brings the company’s total funding to €17.5 million to date.
The company will use the funds to speed up the global commercialisation of its products that boost communications in data centres, high-performance computing (HPC) and 5G networks.

The French platform develops and markets Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) for integrated laser arrays, multiples of 800 Gbit/sec transmitters and receivers, tunable transmitters and receivers, as well as optical I/O for near chip and chip-chip communication). Its optical communications aim to significantly enhance traditional high-speed system and chip interconnections.

Sylvie Menezo, president and CEO of Scintil Photonics said: “This funding demonstrates the major progress we have made over the past three years in taking our disruptive photonic circuit technology to the fast-growing market segments of optical interconnects in 5G, cloud HPC and datacom.”

Ingo Ramesohl, managing director at RBVC added: “Scintil Photonics’ monolithic integration of III-V Lasers into silicon photonic chips is a key enabler for next-generation telecom, datacom and sensing. The CMOS-compatible process allows for higher design freedom, lower losses and a smaller footprint at low cost.”

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