Intel Aims At 5G Infrastructure With Advanced Silicon Photonics Technology

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Intel recently gave out details on expansion of its 100G silicon photonics transceivers portfolio. This portfolio works beyond the data center inside the network edge. Intel chose the ECOC (European Conference on Optical  Communication) held in Rome for unveiling particulars of new silicon photonics products optimized for acceleration the movement of massive quantity of data produced by new 5G used cases as well as IoT (Internet of Things) applications. The advanced 100G silicon photonics transceivers are well optimized for meeting bandwidth needs of next-generation communications equipment while keeping sync with adverse environmental conditions.

Fig. 1: Image Showing 100G SIlicon Photonics Transceiver By Intel
(Image Source: Intel)
 

As the vice president and general manager of Intel’s Silicon Photonics Product Division, Dr. Hong Hou, puts it, “Our hyperscale cloud customers are currently using Intel’s 100G silicon photonics transceivers to deliver high-performance data center infrastructure at scale. By extending this technology outside the data center and into 5G infrastructure at the edge of the network, we can provide the same benefits to communications service providers while supporting 5G fronthaul bandwidth needs.”

So why is this technology so important? The reason is that in the present day data-centric age, it is crucial to have ability for data movement, storage, and processing. The 100G Silicon Photonics solutions by Intel provide highest value by providing cost-effective, reliable, and fast connectivity. Since, the industry is moving to 5G, with a ramp in the pre-existing network traffic like online video streaming, it is putting heavy strain on existing communications equipment that need to support an expanded range of  spectrum like massive MIMO, mmWaves, as well as network densification. Intel’s highly developed 100G silicon photonics transceivers cater all bandwidth requirements for 5G wireless fronthaul applications. These transceivers have been designed to take care of harsh outdoor conditions around cellular towers with an ability to support optical transport up to the closest baseband unit.