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Elenion Technologies demonstrates silicon photonic on-board optics to empower data centre transformation


Elenion Technologies announces it will demonstrate Optical-Interconnect-Devices (OIDs) for direct-attach fibre-to-the-server and parallel multi-channel on-board modules for switches during OFC 2017.

Developed with Elenion's next-generation photonics platform and packaging technology, the OFC 2017 demonstration includes advanced on-board devices with light sources integrated in silicon photonics, enabling scalable on-board solutions that include network-interface-card and switch applications within the data centre (DC).

The exponential growth in data traffic converges at the data centre and to support this massively aggregated data traffic, DC operators are increasing their use of optics within the DC and are now considering deployment of silicon photonic on-board optics. This will bring optics physically closer to the electronics on the circuit boards to boost performance, power efficiency, reduce cost, and enable new DC architectures and their migration to higher bandwidth.

"To meet the rapid growth in demand for Microsoft Azure and our other cloud services, we continue to expand our global cloud infrastructure and believe on-board optics are critical components for next-generation data centres. We're extremely pleased by the progress Elenion has made to enable cost-effective fibre to the server and large radix switches," said Jeff Cox, Principal Director, Network Engineering, Microsoft Corporation.

The Elenion platform leverages its proprietary tools to co-design photonics and electronics, industry-standard semiconductor manufacturing tools and materials to achieve high yield, reliability and volume, while driving costs out of the optical packaging. This ultimately results in integrated photonic circuits with complex functionality in small form factors which simply could never be addressed with discrete devices.

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