• 11:40 – 12:05

Optical I/O Technology to Meet Future Demands of AI

As AI model sizes continue to grow, models will have 100 trillion or more connections, exceeding the technical capabilities of existing AI platforms. New optical interconnect solutions that enable novel system architectures are needed to address the scale, performance and power demands of the next generation of AI. The latest advancements in optical I/O, a new generation of chiplet and multi-wavelength laser solutions, provide dramatically increased bandwidth, at lower latency, over longer distances and at a fraction of the power of existing electrical I/O solutions. In this talk, we present the convergence of trends in compute applications, new optical and advanced packaging technologies, and a scalable supply chain ecosystem, leading to opportunities to build paradigm shifting system architectures addressing AI/ML and cloud computing applications.

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Mark Wade


Ayar Labs

Mark is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Ayar Labs. His prior roles at Ayar Labs include Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Engineering. He is recognized as a pioneer in photonics technologies and, prior to founding the company, led the team that designed the optics in the world’s first processor to communicate using light. He and his co-founders invented breakthrough technology at MIT and UC Berkeley from 2010-2015 which led to the formation of Ayar Labs. He holds a PhD from University of Colorado.

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Ayar Labs is disrupting the traditional performance, cost, and efficiency curves of the semiconductor and computing industries by driving a 1000x improvement in interconnect bandwidth density at 10x lower power. Ayar Labs’ patented approach uses industry standard cost-effective silicon processing techniques to develop high speed, high density, low power optical based interconnect “chiplets” and lasers to replace traditional electrical based I/O. The company was founded in 2015 and is funded by a number of domestic and international venture capital firms as well as strategic investors. For more information, visit www.ayarlabs.com.

Address: 695 River Oaks Parkway, San Jose, CA 95134
Phone: 650-963-7200
Email: info@ayarlabs.com

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