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On September 26, Intel China's official Wechat public announcement announced the expansion of the 100G silicon optical transceiver product portfolio to details outside the data center into the edge of the network.
At the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) in Rome, Intel unveiled details of new silicon-optic products optimized to speed up the massive data transfer generated by new 5G application scenarios and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
The latest 100G silicon optical transceiver is optimized to meet the bandwidth requirements of the next generation communication infrastructure and can withstand harsh environmental conditions.
Dr. Hong Hou, vice president and general manager of Intel's Silicon Optical products Department, said,
In a data centric era, the ability to transfer, store and process data is the most important. The shift from industry to 5G and the rapid increase in existing network traffic, such as video streaming, are putting pressure on the expanding spectrum range, including mmWaves, large-scale MIMO and network-intensive, making existing communication infrastructure increasingly tense. Intel's latest 100G silicon transceiver can meet the bandwidth requirements of 5G wireless forward transmission applications. These transceivers are designed to meet the harsh outdoor conditions of cellular towers and thus support optical transmission to the nearest baseband unit or central office (up to 10 km).
Intel's integrated laser access to silicon chips makes its silicon optical transceivers suitable for mass production and deployment as the 5G infrastructure climbs. Samples of Intel silicon transceiver for 5G wireless infrastructure are now available. The bulk production of the new silicon wireless module will start in the first quarter of 2019.
Intel expects total market opportunities for its connectivity business, including silicon optics, to grow from $4 billion today to an estimated $11 billion target market in 2022. Since its first 100G silicon-optic product was launched in 2016, Intel has stepped up production to supply its 100G data center products at an annual rate of more than one million. Earlier this year, Intel demonstrated its 400G silicon optical capability. Samples of 400G silicon-optic products are expected to go on sale next quarter and 400G modules are expected to be shipped in the second half of 2019.