IT World: Intel to discuss terabit networking at IDF
"Intel has been working on high-speed optical interconnections for next-generation servers for some time, and next month is the coming out party. At the upcoming Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco in September, the company will introduce the technology in at least one session.
A session at IDF called "MXC – The Next Generation Optical Connector" will be led by two engineers from Corning Cable Systems along with an Intel engineer to discuss MXC, which uses silicon photonics and a new fiber technology.
The new fiber technology is called Corning ClearCurve LW and it will allow optical signals to go over 300 meters at 25Gb/s. The MXC technology can carry up to 1.6Tb/sec per lane and its connector is smaller than the connectors used today.
The session will cover existing optical connectors and issues surrounding them, design goals for MXC, benefits of MXC over other optical connectors, and the MXC schedule.
Most network interconnects are done over copper wire. There are some optical connectors used in data centers but they are based on designs from the mid-1980s. Intel and Corning have been working on this for at least two years, researching into things like silicon-based photonic devices, modulators and detectors using low-cost silicon."