Intel aims to revolutionize AI with the first photonic optical connector

Intel aims to revolutionize AI with the first photonic optical connector
Intel aims to revolutionize AI with the first photonic optical connector

The OCI is very efficient, and that is an understatement to say. It consumes only a tiny fraction of energy, i.e. 5 picojoules per bit, thus greatly outperforming conventional modules, whose consumption is around 15 picojoules per bit. As the management of electricity consumption in data centers is one of the most sensitive aspects, this aspect is of paramount importance. In a real-time demonstration, the optical connection demonstrated remarkable signal quality, with transmission optical spectra revealing impressively robust signals.

In addition, the OCI uses integrated lasers to convert electrical signals into optical signals and vice versa. This makes the chip more reliable and cheaper to produce. In terms of production, Intel has already manufactured more than 8 million photonic integrated circuits (PICs), with a total of more than 32 million integrated lasers. An unmatched strike force. These also demonstrate remarkable reliability and have an extremely low failure rate.

Intel is already working on producing next-generation PICs that can support emerging applications that reach mind-blowing throughputs of 1.6 Tbps. The company may be laying the first foundations for a new era of AI that will consume less power and perform even better.

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