Lightmatter is a photonic (super)computer company leading the evolution of computing to reduce its impact on our planet, while also enabling the next giant leaps in human progress.

Lightmatter is building the engine that will power discoveries, drive progress, and redefine what computers—and human beings— are capable of.

Lightmatter was founded in 2017 by Nicholas Harris, Darius Bunandar, and Thomas Graham. The company is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.


Lightmatter created a photonic processor and interconnect that are faster, more efficient, and cooler than anything else on earth (or anything ever experienced before) to power the next giant leaps in human progress.


Lightmatter's flagship products Mars, the world’s first photonic computer, Passage, a new wafer-scale solution to enable computer chips to communicate at unprecedented speeds, and Envise, the world’s first, general-purpose photonic AI accelerator.


Lightmatter is backed by Viking Global Investors, GV, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lockheed Martin, Spark Capital, Matrix Partners and others. The company raised $80M in Series B round on May 06, 2021. This brings Lightmatter's total funding to $113M to date.



  • Year founded: 2017
  • Funding Info: $113M over 3 Rounds (Latest Funding Type: Series B)
  • Yearly Revenue: NA
  • Employee Size: 51-200
  • Business Valuation: NA
  • City/Town: Boston
  • State: Massachusetts
  • Country: United States
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