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Quintessent: Raising $11.5M to Power Optical Interconnect Technology Forward

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  • Quintessent has raised $11.5 million in seed funding to advance optical interconnect technology.
  • New investors like M Ventures joined existing investors in the fund round.

Quintessent, a silicon photonics and quantum dot laser company, secured over $11.5 million in a seed funding round led by Osage University Partners (OUP) with participation from new investors like M Ventures and existing investors Sierra Ventures, Foothill Ventures, and Entrada Ventures. The funding will be used to develop optical interconnects for accelerated computing systems. The company aims to overcome the challenges of data movement efficiency and scalability in computing infrastructure by leveraging multi-wavelength comb lasers. This innovative technology could significantly impact the photonics industry and meet the growing demand for high-speed optical connectivity in large computing corporations.

Alan Liu, CEO and co-founder of Quintessent, expressed gratitude for the support from investors and highlighted the need for foundational innovations in interconnect scaling. Manny Stockman from OUP praised Quintessent’s focus on chip-scale laser architectures and predicted their interconnect solutions to be a crucial development in photonics, aligning perfectly with the increasing demand for optical connectivity in the tech industry.

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