Rockley Photonics was founded by Dr. Andrew Rickman, a recognized pioneer in silicon photonics.
In 1988, Andrew founded Bookham Inc, the first company to commercialize silicon photonics. The Bookham silicon photonics platform pioneered multiple fundamental innovations in photonics enabling scale-manufacture of silicon waveguides and the company held a successful IPO in 2000.
In 2008, Andrew became the Chairman of Kotura, which drove key advancements in the integration of high speed devices into silicon photonics. The company was successfully sold to Mellanox Technologies.
In 2013, Andrew founded Rockley Photonics, with a vision to build a unified silicon photonics process engineered from the ground-up for high volume manufacture and with core capabilities suitable for broad market applications ranging from communications to consumer.
Following a multi-year development of the core technology, Rockley has commenced to productize its innovations for multiple high growth market opportunities.
Rockley is focused on sales of chipsets plus customer-specific design of photonics chips and custom integrated packaged products. In this way, the company leverages its investment in photonics platform research and process development across broader market applications. The result is economies of scale that extend beyond applications in networking and data communications.
Over half of the Rockley team holds advanced technical degrees (M.Sc and PhD) and it includes world recognized experts in photonics process development, photonics device design and modeling, high speed CMOS mixed signal circuits, optical circuit switching, optical sensing and measurement systems, and network systems architecture.
Rockley’s business leaders have amassed a spectacular track record including in multiple photonics start-ups with impressive investor returns, in growing high volume optical manufacturing at scale, and in forging market-leading communications semiconductor product lines. Together, the team is driving a vision for pervasive silicon photonics across a broad range of high volume applications.