What is quantum photonics?

The best way to understand our loonshot is to look back at the intermediate technologies that led to this innovation.


Santa Clara Valley, California USA

Eight entrepreneurs decide to do something that seemed crazy. They call it Fairchild Semiconductor.

These are the trailblazers of manufacturing silicon transistors and the group who would go on to create the first silicon integrated circuit.

Fairchild’s success fuels the growth of companies in the Valley.


Intel introduces the world's first single-chip microprocessor.


Linkabit, the "pioneers of digital telecommunications," develops the first digital signal processor on a chip, the Linkabit Microprocessor (LMP).

These core scientific and engineering breakthroughs would revolutionize our daily lives for the next 20 years.


Steve Jobs arranges to retail the Apple Computer 1, designed and hand-built by Steve Wozniak, to the Byte Shop (a personal computer shop in Mountain View, California).


Atari releases the Video Computer System game console.


Motorola DynaTAC 8000x launches as the first commercially available handheld mobile phone.

What could go wrong?

The “Dot Com Bubble” bursts.

One trillion dollars is lost in a single day. The stock market is in shambles.

A new age was upon us...






Google holds its IPO. The company goes public with a market cap of nearly $52 billion.

Traditional hardware companies no longer led core technology development.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
Let’s get back to “Quantum Photonics”

To start, it’s important to know the inventor of the world’s first quantum photonic chip.


Ostendo founder, Hussein S. El-Ghoroury, is born in Egypt and will later immigrate to the US in 1970.


Earns his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University.


Following a stint at Rockwell International Corporation, he joins Linkabit (yes, that Linkabit) where he rose through the ranks to become Senior Vice President working on projects like the Milstar satellite system.


Dr. El-Ghoroury leaves Linkabit to found CommQuest Technologies, Inc. where he develops the first GSM Quad-Band chipset in North America.


After selling CommQuest to IBM, Dr. El-Ghoroury joins IBM’s Microelectronics Business (now GlobalFoundries) as their Chief Technology Officer.

Recognizing the advancement in computer processing and network speed, Dr. El-Ghoroury leaves IBM and sketches out his vision of the Photonic Era ushering in the Photonic Era — the third great wave of American innovation.


Ostendo raises its Series A round of funding at a $5M valuation.


Ostendo files its patent application for the Quantum Photonic Imager (QPI®).


Upon demoing the first monochrome group of nanostructures at California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, Ostendo wins a $20M contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to build a holographic battlespace to replace the twentieth century military planner’s sandbox.


With the help of DARPA, Ostendo Nanotechnology Lab (NTL-1) opens in Carlsbad, California.


And is awarded $58M by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to build a Synthetic Holographic Observation.

Aka every trekker’s dream, “The Holodeck”


Ostendo QPI team produces first full-color RGB QPI® display.


Ostendo Light Field team demos full-color holographic display.


Ostendo Near Eye Augmented Reality (NEAR) team demos AR glasses using the RGB QPI® display.


Ostendo delivers production-ready RGB QPI® for fabrication.


Ostendo Nanotechnology Center & Quantum Photonic Fab-01 scheduled to open.

17,000 sq ft of semiconductor processing facility incorporating all of the QPI® fabrication steps used to certify fabrication flow for transition to high-volume production.

“The most important breakthroughs come from loonshots, widely dismissed ideas whose champions are often written off as crazy.”

- Safi Bahcall

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