This will make £4.8 million available to support research into how silicon photonics technology can be used to improve data centre communication networks and support a new integrated photonics platform for broader mass market applications.
The money will be spent over the next five years.
"We are honoured to have our technology and business endeavours supported and recognised by the EPSRC in this extraordinary funding initiative," said Andrew Rickman, founder, CEO and chairman of Rockley Photonics, in a statement.
He added: "Research in to this area is progressing quickly, and in the very near future, this game-changing, disruptive technology will soon have a huge impact on the future architecture design of large data centres; improve the power and compute capacity of new consumer devices and provide robust sensing solutions in a variety of industry sectors, such autonomous vehicles and biomedical. All this at dramatically lower cost and with considerably less power requirements."
One of the focus areas for research is power saving. Data centres already consume about 3 percent of the global electricity supply – more than 400 terawatt hours in 2016. That is more than the total consumption of many individual European countries including the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Poland and the United Kingdom.
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