Category Archives: Silicon Photonics

Moving data with silicon and light

Building BlocksIntel® Silicon Photonics Technology is a new approach to make optical devices out of silicon and use light (photons) to move huge amounts of data at very high speeds with extremely low power over a thin optical fiber rather than using electrical signals over a copper cable. After nearly a decade of research and innovation to prove its viability, Intel created a P&L (Silicon Photonics Solutions Group) in 2012 to move the project into production.

https://www-ssl.intel.com/content/www/us/en/research/intel-labs-silicon-photonics-research.html

Silicon Photonics Research

Building BlocksIntel® Silicon Photonics Technology is a new approach to make optical devices out of silicon and use light (photons) to move huge amounts of data at very high speeds with extremely low power over a thin optical fiber rather than using electrical signals over a copper cable. After nearly a decade of research and innovation to prove its viability, Intel created a P&L (Silicon Photonics Solutions Group) in 2012 to move the project into production.

https://www-ssl.intel.com/content/www/us/en/research/intel-labs-silicon-photonics-research.html

Intel wants to kill the traditional server rack with 100Gbps links

 

Intel is working to replace the traditional server rack with a more efficient architecture that separates CPU, storage, power, and networking resources into individual components that can be swapped out as needed. Power and cooling would be shared across CPUs, rather than having separate power supplies for each server. Server, memory, network, and storage resources would all be disaggregated and shared across the rack. Incredibly fast interconnects will be needed to prevent slowdowns because disaggregating components pushes them further apart, and Intel is thus building an interconnect that’s capable of 100Gbps.

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/04/intel-wants-to-kill-the-traditional-server-rack-with-100gbps-links/

Silicon photonics doesn’t scare Finisar

Amid the usual give-and-take during yesterday’s analyst call, Finisar Executive Chairman of the Board Jerry Rawls was asked for his views on the potential threat silicon photonics poses to his business. Finisar’s (NASDAQ:FNSR) shares tumbled when Jefferies & Co. analyst James Kisner used the occasion of Intel’s silicon photonics update at the Open Compute Summit in January to downgrade Finisar’s stock. When it comes to silicon photonics, it would appear Mr. Rawls is not impressed. At least not yet.

http://www.lightwaveonline.com/blogs/lightwave-blog/2013/03/Silicon-photonics-doesnt-scare-Finisar.html

Silicon Photonics: The Data Center at Light Speed

Quanta-Intel-Rack-2Last June, Open Compute Project Chairman Frank Frankosvky outlined an ambitious vision to separate the technology refresh cycle for CPUs from the surrounding equipment in a rack. Frankovsky, also a hardware executive at Facebook, said the ability to easily swap out processors could transform the way chips are procured at scale, perhaps shifting to a subscription model.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2013/01/22/silicon-photonics-the-data-center-at-light-speed/