Leti photonics startup raises $4.4 million

September 19, 2019 //By Peter Clarke
Leti photonics startup raises $4.4 million
Scintil Photonics SA (Grenoble, France), a developer of silicon photonic fully integrated circuits including laser integration, today announces it has raised €4 million (about US$4.4 million) in a first round of funding.

Scintil Photonics is a fabless company that combines silicon and indium phosphide (InP) materials using wafer-scale bonding of InP-on-Si. It uses these processes in foundries to produce integrated photonic circuits that can comprise multi-wavelength lasers, waveguides, wavelength filters and photodetectors.

The company was founded in November 2018 by CEO Sylvie Menezo, previously with CEA-Leti, and chairman Pascal Langlois, former CEO of Tronics Microsystems (see TDK bids to buy MEMS maker Tronics ).

The money raised will be used to develop prototypes of 800Gbit/s photonic transceivers for sampling to strategic customers in the data center market. The money will also be used to strengthen development partnerships with CEA-Leti in France and the University of Toronto in Canada.

Scintil's technology draws on more than 15 years research on lasers, silicon photonics and 3D packaging conducted at CEA-Leti. Scintil allows integration of multi-wavelength lasers with silicon photonics and reduces cost by avoiding several packaging steps, the company asserts. Applications include high-speed data transmission and lidar.

Supernova Invest, Innovacom and Bpifrance are lead investors on the round. They were joined by Credit Agricole Alpes Développement and endowment Fund Foreis.

Related links and articles:

www.scintil-photonics.com

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