The FPGA Turns to Optical Interconnects

Sep 11, 2023Media

Optical interconnects have been lurking in the background in recent years as potential solutions to the issue of interconnecting hundreds of I/O in dense electronics assemblies as performance and speed requirements increase. Now, with applications such as AI and machine learning increasing, the cry for alternatives to traditional copper interconnects are growing louder.

“The fundamental issue is that more power is required to move data, particularly as AI emerges,” said Terry Thorn, Vice President of Commercial Operations for Ayar Labs, in a recent interview with Design News. Ayar, a startup company founded in 2015, has been working with companies such as Intel to bring optical interconnects to market.

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