Silicon Photonics

Silicon Photonics

Enabling Connected Intelligence with Leading-Edge Optical Connectivity Solutions

Evolving networking architectures and the move to smaller, interlinked data centers are driving high-speed interconnect solutions that can keep pace with insatiable data traffic and bandwidth demands. GLOBALFOUNDRIES silicon photonics (SiPh) technologies and advanced packaging capabilities enable high-performance optical connectivity designed to keep pace with these demands in metro, long haul and intra/inter data center applications, while maximizing reach and energy efficiency.

GF fabs in East Fishkill, New York and Singapore are actively developing SiPh solutions. The solutions leverage collaborative research and development innovations, high-volume manufacturing capabilities and advanced packaging, including passive alignment fiber attach that draws on extensive, in-house ASIC expertise.

GF’s SiPh portfolio includes:

  • An industry-first silicon photonics solution built on 90 nm technology and featuring:
    • Monolithic integration of RF and digital elements, silicon photonics and fiber coupling
    • Electro-optic PDK that enables co-design of both electrical and optical components at 1310 nm
    • Extensive investment in test capabilities, from wafer to module level, and including wafer characterization that enables fine tuning of SiPh manufacturing processes based on real-time measured results
    • Fast prototyping through cost-effective multi-project wafer (MPW) runs
  • Strong development roadmap for next-generation, higher data rate systems, including:
    • 300 mm manufacturing and advanced lithography designed to deliver best-in-class performance and yield
    • Optimized components for polarization and wavelength diversity, low power and low loss
    • High bandwidth RF/analog interconnect for 50+ Gbaud systems
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