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Sicoya Wins European Photonics Startup Challenge

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Silicon photonics transceiver developer Sicoya has won the European Photonics Startup Challenge at the Micro Photonics conference and expo.

The company received a cash prize of €4,000 ($4,300), a business coaching package worth €1,500 ($1,600) and various promotions in industry journals. The competition, part of the European outreach program Photonics4All, chooses eight finalists from Germany, France and Austria to give a presentation on their technology and business model to a judging panel consisting of photonics company leaders and cluster managers. 

"Due to our technological achievements, we can lower the power consumption and reduce the costs of silicon photonics transceivers tremendously," said Dr. Torsten Fiegler, business development manager of Sicoya. "This enables better interconnects and will enable a faster internet." 

Sicoya, a Technical University of Berlin spin-off, develops fully-integrated silicon photonics transceiver chips designed for server interconnects in data centers. Sicoya said it is on track to enter the market in 2017 with a 100-Gbit/s transceiver chip featuring integrated electronics and optics on a single chip. 

"Sicoya represents an outstanding opportunity to invest in one of the worldwide leading activities in integrated photonics," said Waldemar Jantz, a board member at Sicoya, "We are very proud to be able to support the company in what we believe will be a major step toward the next generation of high-performance integrated photonics."



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