LONDON Through a collaborative effort with Intel and other industry partners, IPtronics A/S (Roskilde, Denmark) has developed silicon for Light Peak, a 10-Gbit/s optical interconnect system. Avago Technologies Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has also developed an embedded "optical engine" for Light Peak.
"Intel is pleased to be working with IPtronics to make Light Peak optical components ready to ship in 2010," said Jason Ziller, director of the optical I/O program at Intel, in a statement issued by IPtronics. Ziller said exactly the same thing in reference to Avago in a statement issued by that company before going on to say "Light Peak has high bandwidth and the ability to run multiple I/O protocols over a single cable, enabling the technology to connect to many devices such as displays, disk drives, peripherals, and docking stations."
IPtronics supplies the driver and receiver silicon that goes into the optical conversion module and has its silicon manufactured by STMicroelectronics.
"The recent announcement of Light Peak technology by Intel and supporting statements by Sony show that optical interconnect is no longer just a niche technology for high-end servers and super computers, where it is already used," said Jesper Bek, CEO of IPtronics.
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