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8 November 2017

IP Group transmits seed round to Chromosol

Chromosol is commercialising optical amplifiers for semiconductors that transmit data via light pulses rather than as electrical signals.

Author: Callum Cyrus, reporter

Commercialisation firm IP Group has provided an undisclosed amount of seed funding to Chromosol, a UK-based optical communications developer spun out of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

Chromosol will seek to develop advanced optical amplifiers that transmit data as light emitted onto semiconductors, removing the need for conversion into electricity so the data can be sent down copper wires.

If the spinout is successful, it would mean reduced cooling overheads for processing-intensive businesses such as data farms or supercomputers. However, Chromosol also needs to attain a cost-effective amplifier that can fit onto semiconductors efficiently.

The spinout is based on work by William Gillin, a professor of experimental physics at QMUL’s School of Physics and Astronomy.

Gillin said: “We are delighted IP Group is supporting Chromosol and we look forward to working closely with them to commercialise our work.

“Chromosol’s technology is easy to integrate and is compatible with the existing processing techniques, providing a simple solution to a growing problem.”

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