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Optical Interconnects Set to Achieve Bandwidth Benchmark

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Silicon photonics interposer technology allows for low-power transceivers for 400-Gb/s optical interconnects.

JOHAN BAUWELINCK, IMEC/GHENT UNIVERSITY; GÜNTHER ROELKENS, IMEC/GHENT UNIVERSITY; PHILIPPE ABSIL, IMEC; AND JORIS VAN CAMPENHOUT, IMEC

Countless emails, text messages, pictures, and videos are posted on social media every day, along with unfathomable amounts of data that must be processed by the likes of Amazon and Google. All of this information must be stored and processed in data centers in the cloud. These data centers typically feature buildingwide optical fiber networks that comprise hundreds of thousands of optical links connected to server racks through a complex network of fiber optic cable. Today, 100-Gb/s optical links — made up of four 25-Gb/s single channels or lanes — are sufficient to sustain...Read full article

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