Optalysys Limited

Company details

Company name Optalysys Limited
Company type Small Enterprise (less than 50 employees and revenues less than 10 MEUR)
Industry sector Photonics General
Activity description

Created out of Cambridge University in 2001, Optalysys aims to solve the fundamental limitations of conventional computing by developing optical AI systems that accelerate the most demanding deep learning and pattern recognition tasks at ground-breaking speeds but at a fraction of the energy consumption of traditional computing hardware.

Company website https://optalysys.com/

Project information

Technology platform TP-5: Silicon-based Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) or Chips
Application domain Information & Communication
Project scope

The goal of this innovation project is to design and implement the first chip level system that employs silicon waveguide arrays and produces a processor capable of processing image-based AI models at rates and efficiencies far beyond the capabilities of conventional silicon processor approaches. The approach is highly novel and differentiable over other optical computing approaches. The key challenges are in producing two-dimensional arrays from one-dimensional waveguide structures – and the coupling between the free space and waveguide interfaces.

ACTPHAST Partners IMEC, Tyndall-UCC
Project leader Alex Liles
Project start November 2019
Project duration 7 months