iPronics Selected „Spinoffs to Watch“

Chip background (Source: iPronics)

iPronics Programmable Photonics, a spinoff from the Universitat Politècnica de València, has been selected as one of the spinoff companies to watch in the frame of the first edition of the Spinoff Prize, sponsored by Nature magazine and the German multinational Merck.

The company intends to make the computational power of photonics commercially affordable. Its processors share a common hardware platform that is reconfigurable by software. This cost-effective solution enables the same hardware to be applied to limitless commercial applications.

According to the company, current technologies based on electronic transistors are approaching the limits of their fundamental capabilities and programmable photonics is key to address the voracious appetite for bandwidth, flexibility and processing speed required by many emerging applications. Among these, 5G communications, data center interconnection, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, biosensors, autonomous driving, quantum computing and IoT stand in front.

Programmable photonics (Source: iPronics)

iPronics’ approach combines the best of both worlds and is called to radically change the way in which information, communication and processing systems have been conceived until now, because it seeks to cooperate with electronic systems and not compete with them. On top of this it adds a disruptive nature by breaking the barriers of access and use of complex photonic chips. In words of its co-founders, in a few years this product will be ready to be used by anyone, regardless of his/her technical background.

Nature and Merck have 44 selected spinoffs that translate original, high-quality scientific research into products and services that address market problems and are well positioned to make a positive impact on society. For iPronics, being on this list is a tremendous boost, even more so when the company has barely six months of existence, although the experience and professional career of the founding team comes from many years ago.

The company was founded as a spinoff of ITEAM Research Institute, Universitat Politècnica de València in 2019 after multiple years of research. The founding team, José Capmany, Daniel Pérez López, Ivana Gasulla, Prometheus DasMahapatra, Eladio Crego, and Iñaki Berenguer, has pioneered the field of programmable photonics and developed the first general-purpose photonic processor capable of programming high-speed light signals on-chip with unprecedented flexibility.

The Spinoff Prize has been established by Nature Research in association with Merck, a leading German multinational in science and technology, to show and recognize global excellence in the commercialization of scientific research through the creation of spinoffs. Among the finalists, there are companies in sectors such as medicine, materials or digital technologies. (Source: iPronics)

Links: The Spinoff Prize 2020, Springer Nature Ltd., London, UKiPRONICS Programmable Photonics – A Spinoff-UPV Company, Valencia, Spain

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