Intel has announced it is looking at ways to replace standard cables inside computers with fiber optic technology. The cables would replace the standard electrical cables used to connect storage and networking devices inside the computer. Using light to transfer data inside a computer would enable much faster transfer speeds compared to standard electrical cable. Also, with the advent of fiber optics to the mainstream market, the technology is becoming more and more readily available in many fields.
Intel and Quanta Computers are to demonstrate a server rack architecture employing optical technology during the Open Compute summit in Santa Clara, California next Wednesday. The server will be using optical modules to move data at speeds of up to 100Gbps, and is powered by Intel Xeon and Atom server chips. This technology could soon be employed by social networking site Facebook in its datacenters, which is currently working in cooperation with Intel.