Nvidia has purchased OptiGot, a developer of semiconductor laser diodes that enable applications such as consumer and lidar sensors.

OptiGot, a Sweden-based advanced laser technology spinout of Chalmers University of Technology, has been acquired by graphics processing technology producer Nvidia for an undisclosed sum, according to Evertiq.

Founded in 2016, OptiGot is working on semiconductor components that exploit laser diodes from which light travels perpendicular to the chip’s surface – a form known as a vertical cavity surface-emitting diode.

The technology can be used to accelerate data transfer in semiconductors as well as for end-applications such as household or lidar sensors.

OptiGot does not appear to have disclosed details of its equity funding, although Swedish state funding board Vinnova awarded grant money to the business in 2017.

The spinout emerged following more than two decades of Chalmers University of Technology research.

Anders Larsson, a professor of optoelectronics at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, helped launch the spinout alongside Johan Gustavsson, an assistant professor of optoelectronics, and former doctoral student Erik Haglund.