Integrated Photonics | Transitioning to End-to-End Optical I/O
Since 2004, Intel Labs has pioneered silicon photonics research from architecture design to manufacturing. Research goals include overcoming the limits of electrical input/output (I/O) and integrating optical I/O throughout the compute system to expand the possibilities for data center workloads and beyond.
Integrated Photonics Research
Intel Labs pioneered silicon photonics to meet the growing demand for more efficient and resourceful network infrastructure for ever-increasing amounts of data. Commercialization of prototypes have transferred to Intel’s data center business and, with more than six million Intel 100G transceivers and integrated lasers in use, Intel is paving the way for next-generation deployments and future innovations.
Photonics offers superior reach, bandwidth density, power consumption and latency in high-speed networks and provides rack-to-rack connectivity for data center applications including optical communications and telecommunications. Integrated photonics brings together the advantages of silicon photonics and CMOS circuits. By integrating the power of optical directly with compute, memory, and peripheral technologies, high bandwidth data can be moved throughout the entire network with significantly less power.
Integrated photonics research at Intel Labs is focused on reducing costs, size, and operating power, and extending optical performance to enable more scalable, disaggregated architectures at the highest level of the network. Core technology building blocks under development include light generation, amplification, detection, modulation, CMOS interface circuits and package integration technology.