Intel® Silicon Photonics: Moving Data with Light
A new class of high-speed optical connectivity products.
Intel® Silicon Photonics 800G DR8 OSFP Optical Transceiver Demonstration
What Is Silicon Photonics?
Silicon Photonics is a combination of two of the most important inventions of the 20th century—the silicon integrated circuit and the semiconductor laser. It enables faster data transfer over longer distances compared to traditional electronics, while utilizing the efficiencies of Intel’s high-volume silicon manufacturing.
Delivering Innovation in the Data Center and Beyond
As a leader in silicon photonics Intel is enabling future data center bandwidth growth and next-generation 5G deployments using smaller form factors and higher speeds, from 100G today to 400G and beyond tomorrow, while providing new platforms for optical integration.
This new technology reduces total cost of ownership and improves the performance of data center architectures by removing networking bottlenecks that can result in stranded compute capacity. Silicon Photonics helps by:
- Enabling high-bandwidth, software-configurable access to compute and storage.
- Permitting Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) deployments to decouple hardware and software resources for disaggregated data centers.
Ramping 100 Gbps Connectivity
Intel® Silicon Photonics Optical Transceivers are shipping in volume now, enabling data centers to cost-effectively deploy 100 Gigabit per second solutions via:
- The only fully integrated silicon photonics solution with Intel's hybrid laser technology, featuring greater than 90% coupling efficiency.1 2
- Industry-standard products adopted by cloud service providers.
- High-density optical interconnects delivered with unmatched manufacturing capabilities, scale, and cost-efficiency.
Take advantage of the existing industry move to fiber optics for 4G and 5G RAN fronthaul.
Intel Details Its 800-Gigabit DR8 Optical Module
Intel is sampling an 800-gigabit DR8 in an OSFP pluggable optical module, as announced at the recent OFC virtual conference and show.
CES 2021: Mobileye Innovation Will Bring AVs to Everyone, Everywhere
Prof. Amnon Shashua, president and CEO of Mobileye, shows off a new silicon photonics lidar SoC that will deliver frequency-modulated continuous wave (FMCW) lidar on a chip for autonomous vehicles beginning in 2025.
VentureBeat Explores the Past, Present, and Future of Intel’s Silicon Photonics Vision
Intel sees bright future for silicon photonics, moving information at light speed in data centers and beyond.
The Future of Silicon Photonics at Scale - CitC Episode 230
Intel’s Robert Blum joins host Jake Smith to talk about Intel’s broader connectivity group. How the company facilitates efficiently moving data between servers and across the data center with a wide range of products, including silicon photonics, Ethernet switches, accelerators and more.
Optical Networking at Scale with Intel® Silicon Photonics
This presentation discusses the advancements Intel has made in Silicon Photonics since first launching 100Gb/s transceivers over 4 years ago. How manufacturing optics at scale has resulted in the deployment of more than 5 million transceivers for hyperscale data centers to date.
Intel Photonics: Integration at the Wafer Level
Optical Connections sat down with Robert Blum and Darron Young for a deep dive into the company’s photonics strategy going forward.
Lightwave’s Stephen Hardy Interviews Intel’s Robert Blum
Robert Blum gives an update on Intel Silicon Photonics and the progress it has made since its first product launch in 2016.
Intel Demonstrates Industry-First Co-Packaged Optics Ethernet Switch
Intel Corporation announced in March 2020 that it successfully integrated its 1.6 Tbps silicon photonics engine with its 12.8 Tbps programmable Ethernet switch.
Hands-on with the Intel Co-Packaged Optics and Silicon Photonics Switch
Patrick Kennedy from ServeTheHome got to check out Intel’s live demonstration of co-packaged optics switch passing 400Gbps Ethernet traffic.
Intel® Silicon Photonics Exhibits at ECOC 2019
Intel’s Robert Blum highlights our products and live demonstrations at ECOC Exhibition held in Dublin, Germany.
ECOC TV Interview with Intel’s Thomas Liljeberg
Intel GM of Photonic Integration Thomas Liljeberg talks about the need for integration of silicon photonics and switch ASICS.
Better Network Connectivity
See how network connectivity products from Intel help transform data-driven businesses with intelligent, high-speed connectivity that creates better customer experiences.
Exploring 5G Fronthaul Network Architectures
Learn about common reference architecture intelligence splits and their associated bandwidth and implementation trade-offs.
Silicon Photonics: High Speed Optical Connectivity for 5G Wireless
Silicon Photonics continues to ramp in the data center and now expands to new markets like 5G. Explore Intel’s data center connectivity strategy and find out the latest around Silicon Photonics.
Silicon Photonics: Data Center Connectivity
Intel's Robert Blum writes about how silicon photonics will be key for data center connectivity and meeting the demands for bandwidth.
Silicon Photonics Passes the Tipping Point
John Williamson describes the journey of silicon photonics and how the technology has passed the tipping point towards massive growth.
Intel Delivers Silicon Photonics for Hyperscale Data Centers
Intel Chip Chat strives to bring listeners closer to the innovations and inspirations of the men and women shaping the future of computing, and in process share a little bit about technology themselves.
Related Technologies and Solutions
Intel can help your organization prepare for the coming move from proprietary network frameworks to cloud-ready, open standards-based architectures.
Intel® Optane™ Technology
Intel® Optane™ technology is a premium non-volatile memory media that changes the face of computing with an unparalleled combination of speed, endurance, and density – all at a competitive price.1
Intel® Rack Scale Design (Intel® RSD)
Intel® RSD is a logical architecture that disaggregates compute, storage, and network resources, and introduces the ability to more efficiently pool and utilize these resources.
From tiny, flexible, instant-on chips to high-performance, highly-integrated system-level chips with over a million logic elements, Intel provides a broad range of FPGAs.
Product and Performance Information
Technology claims are based on comparisons of latency, density and write cycling metrics amongst memory technologies recorded on published specifications of in-market memory products against internal Intel specifications.
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