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Aeluma wins US Navy funding for photodetectors


Aeluma, a semiconductor company specialising in scalable, cost-effective technologies for LiDAR, communication, and sensing, has announced that it has been awarded funding from the US Navy to develop high speed photodetectors for defence and aerospace communication applications.

"In addition to sensing, we continue to receive interest in Aeluma's large-scale photodetector technology for other applications including high speed communication," said Matthew Dummer, Aeluma's director of technology. "Defence and aerospace customers recognise the potential for our technology to meet their stringent operational requirements while providing a path to higher performance and scaling. This is reflected in the award from the Navy and a support letter we received from a globally recognised aerospace company."

In reference to this funding and a previous award also announced in November, Aeluma's CEO and founder, Jonathan Klamkin, added: "We are proud to announce yet another win, in addition to the award we announced earlier this month, to develop photonics reliability methodologies for defence and aerospace applications. These achievements are important for recognition purposes, as well as the revenue they generate for Aeluma. While we continue to market to large-volume, emerging commercial applications including automotive and mobile, these early awards hint at other potential large-scale applications of our ground-breaking technology. We believe that Aeluma's high performance, scalable semiconductor technology is well positioned to address the needs of a broad range of market verticals, that include defence and aerospace, one of the primary target markets for this award."

Aeluma is working to commercialise its transformative semiconductor chip technology for a variety of markets including automotive LiDAR, mobile, defence and aerospace, AR/VR, AI, and communication. With its proprietary technology that combines compound semiconductor nanomaterials with mass market semiconductor manufacturing, the company says it is developing products that could offer high-performance and low-cost solutions for emerging markets. According to Aeluma, the ability to manufacture its semiconductor chips on up to 12-inch silicon substrates, which can scale and be mass produced, is key to its disruptive technology.

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