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Robert Bosch Venture Capital leads Scintils’ 13.5 million euro second financing round

Groundbreaking integration of lasers onto silicon photonic circuits

  • RBVC leading the second financing round of 13.5 million euro as one of the first investments of RBVCs new 250 million euro Fund V.
  • Unique monolithic integration of III-V lasers and amplifiers on Silicon Photonics enables ultra-high-speed data communication.
  • RBVC Managing Director Dr. Ingo Ramesohl: “Scintil unlocks further miniaturization and integration of Photonic Integrated Circuits.”

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Stuttgart, Germany – Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC), the corporate venture capital company of the Bosch Group, leads the 13.5 million euros second financing round of Scintil Photonics. The company supplies advanced silicon photonic integrated circuits with monolithically integrated lasers and optical amplifiers and is based in Grenoble, France. The groundbreaking integration of laser sources with silicon photonics will fuel a wave of innovations in Optical Communications, 3D Sensing and Quantum Photonics. Bosch develops AI and sensing for Automotive and Industry 4.0 applications where high-speed communication and optical miniaturization is key. The investment is part of RBVC’s fifth fund which was recently set up with a volume of 250 million euros.

“Scintil Photonics is delighted to welcome Robert Bosch Venture Capital (RBVC), a leading global investor; this is a great opportunity for us to boost our global footprint. We are also grateful for the support of our first customers, to whom we have shipped or are currently shipping product prototypes, as well as our trusted suppliers and employees,” said Sylvie Menezo, president and CEO of Scintil Photonics. "Together, including the significant contributions in this round from our existing investors, this demonstrates the major progress we have made over the past three years in taking our disruptive photonic circuit technology to the fast-growing market segments of optical interconnects in 5G, Cloud High Performance Computing (HPC) and datacom.”

“Scintil’s monolithic integration of III-V Lasers into silicon photonic chips is a key enabler for next-generation telecom, datacom and sensing,” says Ingo Ramesohl, managing director at RBVC. “The CMOS-compatible process allows for higher design freedom, lower losses and smaller footprint at low cost. We are excited to partner with Scintil as it uniquely unlocks further miniaturization and integration of Photonic Integrated Circuits.”

Set to change the optical I/O and chip industry

Scintil Photonics’ optical communications aim to significantly enhance traditional high-speed electrical chip interconnections. The company’s Augmented Silicon Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) product is a single-chip solution consisting of active and passive components, all made entirely from standard silicon photonics processes available at CMOS commercial foundries, and where III-V optical amplifiers and lasers are integrated on the backside of advanced silicon photonic circuits. This unique all-in-one integration of amplifiers and lasers enables ultrahigh-speed communications, due to extensive parallelization and higher bit rates, e.g., from 800 G to 3,200 Gbit/sec with very compact chips.

Scintil Photonics, a fabless company, will use the funds to take its industrialization program to the next level and speed up the global commercialization of its products that boost communications in data centers, High-Performance Computing and 5G networks. Scintil Photonics’ products are unique in providing optical communication applications with higher bit rates, and scalable, cost-effective and mass-producible PIC solutions. This enables the multi-billion USD electronics industry to overcome the end of Moore’s Law with the integration of very high-speed optical communications.

Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC) is the corporate venture capital company of the Bosch Group, a leading global supplier of technology and services. RBVC invests worldwide in innovative start-up companies at all stages of their development. Its investment activities focus on technology companies working in areas of business of current and future relevance for Bosch, above all, automation and electrification, energy efficiency, enabling technologies, and healthcare systems. RBVC also invests in services and business models that are relevant to the above-mentioned areas of business. Furthermore, RBVC enables co-innovation between Bosch and startup through the Open Bosch Program.

Additional information is available at www.rbvc.com

About Scintil Photonics: Scintil Photonics develops and markets Photonic Integrated Circuits (integrated laser arrays, multiple of 800 Gbit/sec transmitters and receivers, tunable transmitters and receivers, as well as Optical I/O for near chip and chip-chip communication). Its circuits are fabricated on a proprietary III/V-augmented silicon photonics technology manufactured in a multi-customer silicon foundry. For accelerated adoption, the company delivers the control electronics and reference package implementations. Based in Grenoble, France, and Toronto, Canada, Scintil is currently taking its innovative product to industrial level as it gears up for mass production www.scintil-photonics.com

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 402,600 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2021). The company generated sales of 78.7 billion euros in 2021. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 128 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 76,100 associates in research and development, of which more than 38,000 are software engineers.

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.iot.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, www.twitter.com/BoschPress.

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