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February 12, 2009

Intel Developing Optical Chip-to-Chip Interconnects

Dylan McGrath

Intel is studying optical interconnects with an eye toward replacing chip-to-chip electrical interconnects in order to overcome looming bandwidth issues as microprocessors with an increasing number of cores usher in the era of tera-scale computing. Ian Young, an Intel Fellow and director of the company’s advanced circuits and technology integration project, presented a paper at the IEEE’s International Solid State Circuits Conference describing progress in integrating the waveguides, detectors and modulators needed for integrating photonic interconnects directly onto CMOS chips.

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