Intel Continues to Break the Limits of Speed with Bluetooth Technology Silicon Photonics
Connection interface Thunderbolt
Was the first to reach the 10 gigabit per second speed. At the end of the current year will be launched Thunderbolt 2
And will have a speed of 20 gigabits per second. Now at the conference Intel
In San Francisco Intel
Demonstrated a speed of 100 / Gbps and is even directed to future 1.6 terabits per second.
The technology it uses Intel
Is called Silicon Photonics
. This is basically an optical system on chip
, Which includes silicon modules with circuits, detectors and regulators. With Technology
This information transfer can reach 100 gigabits per second through a 5 mm diameter cable.
Intel will offer this system for use of server connections within a server farm, where it will replace a cable PCI-Express Which transfers data between servers at up to 8 Gbps and the network cable (Ethernet) That transfers up to 40 gigabits per second.
"Intel has decided to make a significant investment in the system and definitely plans to launch it in mass production," said Mario Penisia, who has been leading the research on the technology for many years. Mario added that future versions are meant to appear outside of server farms, perhaps even to the home consumer.
The new technology can result in a significant reduction in server farm operation costs. This is because one cable can replace ten or more cables PCI-Express Made of copper. In addition, with less complicated cables, cooling costs will be reduced as a result of better airflow.
Intel has also developed a small board with several chips that can be added to the server to upgrade it to optical technology. all chip
Can transmit information at 25 gigabits per second and thus control the desired bandwidth by adding chips. The important part of this board is its ability to convert between computer electronic signals and optical signals passing through the cable.
Servers today are independent computers with Processors
, Memory, and hard drives that occupy a single layer of a shelf on the server. With the new technology, it will be possible to create a server farm of a different kind. Instead of a server built of a processing unit, memory and hard drive, it will be possible to build servers that are divided into a shelf built of a whole layer of Processors
, A second of memories and a third of hard drives
Or even whole cabinets containing one type of component. This allows for easier and faster upgrades and improved cooling efficiency by directing it to the shelves or cabinets that need it most.
Intel Announces Collaboration with Intel Corning
Known for creating Gorilla Glass
Found in devices Mobile
many. Together developed authors (named MXC
) And fiber optics (ClearCurve LX)
Which the integration of these technologies can enable future data rates from fiber, up to 1.6 terabits per second, in lengths up to 300 meters in and around server farms. These technologies promise significantly higher speeds, lower cost, energy efficiency, and help enable new approaches to server farm design.
Among the companies that promised to use the new technology can be found פייסבוק And Microsoft. Prices and availability of the technology have not yet been announced, but it can be assumed that this new channel will generate many revenues for Intel.