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Ayar Labs Inc (AKA: OptiBit)
Profile last edited on: 8/9/2023      CAGE: 7E0K8      UEI: E1ASJUBLGJ56

Business Identifier: Breakthrough hardware: super-high bandwidths and low energy use of fiber optics inside computers
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3351 Olcott Street
Santa Clara, CA 95054
   (650) 963-7200
Location: Single
Congr. District: 13
County: Alameda

Public Profile

Formerly doing business as OptiBit, Ayar Labs draws on the work of the firm's founders while at UC Berkeley, MIT, and CU Boulder. Head-quaretered in Santa Clara but with facilities iCambridge MA and Emeryville CA, the firm is organized around addressing the issue of burgeoning amount of data, Addressing enabling and supporting keep up with skyrocketing volumes of data by miniaturizing fiber optic transceivers and making them in silicon chips, bringing the super-high bandwidths and low energy use of fiber optics inside computers, the firm has built the first computer processor to communicate with light instead of electricity, a breakthrough that could significantly reduce the amount of energy needed to power computers, now responsible for over 10% of global energy use. Ayar Labs is building on this breakthrough to bring energy efficiency and bandwidth improvements to data centers and all electronics developing an optical I/O solution for applications that require high bandwidth and low latency using light to move data.

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Most Recent SBIR Projects

Year Phase Agency Total Amount
2018 1 DOE $225,000
Project Title: Photonic-Storage Subsystem Input/Output (P-SSIO) Interface
2017 2 DOE $1,147,276
Project Title: 1Tbps DWDM Optical Link
2016 1 NSF $150,000
Project Title: Developing a Packaging Solution for Low-energy High-performance Microphotonics for Data Center Communications

Key People / Management

  Mark Wade -- Co-Founder, President and CTO

  Alex Wright-Gladstein -- Co-Founder and CSO

  Lisa Dulchinos

  Roy E Meade -- VP Manufacturing

  Vladimir Stojanovic -- Chief Architect and Co-Founder

  Chen Sun -- Co-Founder and CTO

  Garth Thompson -- VP of IT