The tipping point for silicon photonics

Andrew Rickman, CEO and founder of UK start-up Rockley Photonics, believes silicon photonics cannot achieve its full potential by going after the market for 100G and 400G interconnects for the data centre. Instead, Rickman believes silicon photonics should be viewed as one element – albeit an important one – in an array of technologies used to tackle system-level issues.

‘If you take control of enough of the system problem, and you are not dictated to in terms of what Multi-source agreement [MSA] or what standard that component must fit into, and you are not competing in this brutal transceiver market, then that is when you can optimise the utilisation of silicon photonics,’ said Rickman. ‘And that is what we are doing.’