By adding photonics capability to world-leading silicon manufacturing, Intel is developing a new class of high-speed optical connectivity products. Intel® Silicon Photonics removes networking bottlenecks that can result in stranded compute capacity—driving toward a future of virtually unconstrained data center connectivity.
Silicon photonics combines the integrated circuit and the semiconductor laser so that data can be sent and received through light. This confluence of two of the most important inventions of the 20th century enables faster data transfer over longer distances than in traditional electronics, while taking advantage of the efficiencies of high-volume silicon manufacturing.
Intel® Silicon Photonics optical transceivers are shipping in volume now, enabling data centers to cost-effectively deploy 100 Gigabits per second solutions via:
This new technology reduces cost of ownership and improves the performance of data center architectures by:
Allowing optical connectivity that interoperates with other technologies, such as Smart-NICs, FPGAs, and Intel® Omni-Path Architecture fabric.
Investing in silicon photonics enables future data center bandwidth growth through:
A roadmap to deliver integrated optical ASICs.
In this CEO Chat interview, Steve Saunders of Light Reading and Alexis Black Bjorlin of Intel discuss the production release of Intel® Silicon Photonics, its performance, long-term prospects, customer expectations and much more.
This presentation delivered by Intel at the 2016 Optical Networking and Communication Conference highlights the role of Intel® Silicon Photonics in the data center of the future, and the role of the Consortium for On-Board Optics in moving from 100G to integrated optics.
This third-party analyst report by 451 Research discusses the importance of silicon photonics technology, including Intel® Silicon Photonics, and its potential impact on networking and rack scale design, as well as the evolution of the data center with light.
Based on simulations and Intel manufacturing data. See IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, vol. 20, No. 4, July/August 2014.
Based on Intel assessment of commercially available products.
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