CSIRO supports CUDOS’ Australian Silicon Photonics invention


CUDOS Chief Investigator Professor Arnan Mitchell’s Australian Silicon Photonics team is one of ten winning teams that has been selected by CSIRO for its sci-tech accelerator program to help transform research invention into an innovative venture.

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Dr Thach Nguyen, Professor Arnan Mitchell and Dr Jonathan Lacey pitching Australian Silicon Photonics at the CSIRO On! Accelerator Bootcamp

CUDOS Chief Investigator Professor Arnan Mitchell from RMIT and CUDOS collaborators Drs Thach Nguyen and Jonathan Lacey, have developed a low-cost energy solution for data centre operators. The team invented novel devices to help data centre suppliers such as Intel, Broadcom and Cisco manage increased data volumes. By replacing electronic interconnects with photonic links, data centres will be able to increase computing power while reducing power consumption.

“Our devices enable cost-effective, low-power, high-capacity 'multi-lane’ photonic links within data centres,” said Professor Mitchell.

“This will help our customers’ customers, the internet and cloud computing giants such as Facebook, Amazon, Google, Mircosoft and Apple, support continued growth in today’s internet and cloud computing applications, and enable new applications such as autonomous vehicles and the internet of things.”

CSIRO, Australia’s leading scientific organisation, has now selected this innovation for its third round of the sci-tech accelerator program to support Mitchell’s team go from lab to marketplace. Established by CSIRO in 2015, the full-time program assists researchers to help develop and test the best market, position the IP in a value chain through practical engagement and design business models that lead to long-term sustainable impact.

“The impact these innovations could deliver is enormous and will be felt by all Australians in the form of new jobs, new ways to address some of our biggest social challenges and new opportunities to help industries transitioning disruption to compete and grow,” CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall said.

The ten winning teams were selected following a challenging and competitive two-day Selection Bootcamp experience held last week at UTS in Sydney.

ON Accelerate3 will commence in January 2017 and will run for twelve weeks, culminating in ‘ON Demo Night’ where teams will pitch their innovations to an audience of industry experts, investors and potential partners for further funding and support for commercialisation.

Past winners include CUDOS researchers Professor Michael Withford and Dr Simon Gross from Macquarie University for their innovative Modular Photonics product, which builds on research supported by the Australian Research Council through CUDOS. Professor Withford reflects, “This program has been great for me and supplied me with the tools I need to take our business venture forward.”