Intel Updates to Lights and Lasers to Speed Data Transfers


Intel Updates to Lights and Lasers

On August 17 2016, Agam Shah wrote an article for PC World discussing about how Intel is switching out its use for copper cables and implementing lights and lasers in order to speed up data transfers. This is due to the fact that copper cables are becoming more dated as technology progresses.

Here I s what Jason Waxman, the corporate vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center solutions group has to say about the new update.

Fiber optic cables are a better option than denser copper cabling in data centers. Depending on the workload and implementation of servers, fiber optics can also be cheaper than copper cabling. In addition to an ability to stretch across kilometers, the fiber optic cables will take up less space than older cables.

In order to use the lights and lasers, the Intel uses silicon photonics. The silicon photonics will be implemented in stages. In the beginning the photonics will work in optical communications between data centers and servers.

As time goes on, Intel will also implement these optical communications at a chip level which is used to drive communications inside computers.

Here is what Bryant, the executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group has to say about this.

PCs and servers today use older electrical wiring for data transfers. But the data transfer speeds via those cables had reached a brick wall, and fiber optics provide a way to shuffle data at faster speeds.
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