Ayar labs opens European office, adds executives

Co-packaged optics startup Ayar Labs has created a European subsidiary, Ayar Labs UK. The company also appointed Rory McInerney as an executive advisor and Terry Thorn as vice president of business development.

Co-packaged optics startup Ayar Labs has created a European subsidiary, Ayar Labs UK. The company also appointed Rory McInerney as an executive advisor and Terry Thorn as vice president of business development.

Thorn will replace Hugo Saleh, former vice president of business development and marketing at Ayar Labs, who will now lead the UK subsidiary as managing director. “Optical I/O will transform the computing industry, enabling the performance and scalability needed for HPC, AI, and 5G+ telecommunication,” Saleh said. “We have a number of exciting collaborations already underway. By establishing this initial office, we’re taking our first step to supporting the growing community in the UK and Europe.”

The company says it may add more sites in Europe to support customers and projects there as well. “The need for high-performance computing and artificial intelligence continues to accelerate worldwide and optical I/O is integral to achieving the performance and energy efficiency goals of these advanced systems,” commented Jack Eadie, director of Ayar Labs investor Downing Ventures UK. “This is a multi-billion-dollar global opportunity and we’re excited to see Ayar Labs’ expansion in the UK and Europe to support these fast-growing local markets.”

McInerney and Thorn both have experience at Intel (whose Intel Capital also is among Ayar Labs’ investors). McInerney spent 29-years at Intel, where he served as corporate vice president responsible for the development of Intel’s Xeon processors and adjacent products for such markets as cloud, AI, HPC, and networking. Thorn spent 24 years at Intel, including a stint as general manager of global accounts in Intel’s Cloud & Enterprise Sales.

Ayar Labs is developing chiplets and external laser sources for co-packaged optical applications.

As we grow our footprint with Ayar Labs UK and bolster our executive leadership team, we are positioning ourselves to take advantage of the growing usage and demand for in-package Optical I/O,” said Charles Wuischpard, CEO of Ayar Labs.

Source: https://www.lightwaveonline.com/

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