Emerging technology trends in autonomous vehicles and LIDAR, 5G signal processing, deep learning and AI, cyber security, DNA sequencing, and drug discovery require much faster, more flexible, power-efficient computation.
Although advanced electronic chips have increased their capabilities, they still cannot keep up with performance requirements, and today’s hardware has become the bottleneck.
Offering lower latency, lower power consumption (photons/light consume less energy than electrons), higher bandwidth, and higher density, computational photonics is the new way forward.
Spanish photonic computing company that has developed a general-purpose photonic processor which is reconfigurable by software, iPRONICS has raised €3.7 million in funding. The round was led by Amadeus Capital Partners, with participation from Caixa Capital Risc.
The startup introduced a new generation of photonic circuits where common hardware can be programmed using software for a wide variety of applications through a mesh of on-chip waveguides and tunable beam couplers.
Jose Capmany, co-founder of iPronics said: “We know that photonic computing is the answer to many of the bottlenecks of new killer applications but designing and building one photonic chip for each of those applications is not practical,” said.
Amelia Armour, partner at Amadeus Capital Partners, added: “As long term investors in disruptive chip design technology, we are excited to back the team that pioneered the concept of programmable photonics and first demonstrated it in the lab. We look forward to helping the team to bring the chip to market at scale."