16 June 2020
CST Global is a founding member of an elite group of companies signed up to a multi-source agreement (MSA) to define a new, industry-standard for high wavelength count, O-band, DFB, continuous wave (CW) laser sources. CST Global is helping to spearhead the standardization, along with industry leaders and household names, Arista, Ayar Labs, imec, Intel, Lumentum, Luminous Computing, Quintessent, Sumitomo Electric, II-VI and MACOM. The CW lasers are critical to the integrated photonics devices used in next-generation artificial intelligence and data-centre applications.
Billy McLaughlin, Managing Director at CST Global, said, “The MSA will initially define a specification for the optical interface of the Continuous-Wave Wavelength Division Multiplexing (CW-WDM) laser sources. The specification will be made available throughout the photonics industry, allowing the development of compatible products from multiple vendors. It is seen as a decisive step to enhance market growth, improve customer choice, and encourage competition.”
Andrew McKee, Chief Technology Officer at CST Global, said, “The standardization of optical components is critical to developing high-volume, low-cost, laser solutions in future. Using our InP100, commercial, laser platform, the CW-WDM MSA will enable CST Global to provide next generation DFB lasers in a more standard format. This will eliminate the high levels of complex customization we often see today.”
The MSA also includes ‘Observer’ members comprising Nvidia, AMF, Axalume, Coherent Solutions, Furukawa Electric, Global Foundries and Scintil Photonics.
CST Global is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sivers IMA Holding AB (Nasdaq First North: SIVE), and is the UK’s leading, independent, III-V opto-electronic, semiconductor foundry.