MXC* Optical Connector Technology is Becoming Available
In September of 2013 Intel and Corning announced a new Optical Connector technology called MXC*. On March 11th, 2014 US Conec announced that it would start production shipments of MXC components to the industry in Q2 2014. Corning also announced that it would start shipping MXC cable assemblies in Q3 2014. Additionally Molex and TE Connectivity announced they would develop MXC based cables.
With breakthrough Intel® Silicon Photonics technology technology delivers unprecedented performance and energy efficiency within the data center. Combined with MXC cabling solutions one can send up to 1.6 terabits per second of data at distances of up to 300 meters. Every day 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created, with 90 percent of the world’s data created in the last two years alone. To support this tremendous surge in traffic, next generation data centers will require full optical connectivity – not just in the backbone and cross connects deployed in today’s data centers – but all the way to server ports which typically use slower copper for downlinks.
Microsoft had the following to say about MXC cables:
“Microsoft is pleased to join the MXC Adopters Forum and looks forward to evaluating MXC based products“ said Kushagra Vaid, General Manager of Cloud Server Engineering at Microsoft. “We believe that MXC along with Intel® Silicon Photonics will be instrumental in shaping next generation high performance data center architectures. We look forward to working with Intel and open standards bodies like OCP to accelerate information sharing and industry adoption”.
Did You Know:
Intel Fellow Dr. Mario Paniccia, General Manager of Intel's Silicon Photonics Solutions Group, discusses the significance of MXC* Technology.
See the slides presented at the first MXC Adopters meeting on March 11, 2014.