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Emerging Tech: The Future of Data Center Connectivity

Published: 14 June 2023

Summary

Rapid growth in data volume and workload demand is driving dramatic changes in data center connectivity technologies. Product leaders must prepare for a phased introduction of these technologies into data center networking roadmaps.

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Overview

Key Projections
  • Connectivity within the data center will embrace co-packaged optics technology for 400G and above deployment to increase bandwidth and improve power efficiencies as well.

  • Data centers will use servers accelerated with function accelerator cards (FACs) to free the CPU core for mission-critical tasks.

  • Connectivity chips will be used for accelerating and embedding security functions.

  • Chiplets will be leveraged to integrate silicon photonics in data center connectivity chips.

  • All-optical technology will replace silicon-based semiconductor chips in data center networking switches for low-latency, high-bandwidth workloads.

Implications
  • Products developed using co-packaged optics can reduce power consumption by 30% while increasing bandwidth and simplifying the integration of

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