This is about integrating optical transceivers into FPGA chips to reduce latency, system footprint, and increase signal integrity. So it's not that big a leap from an innovation point of view, although it's very useful of course.
A great novel unique idea from these 2 companies joining had evolved. A lot of improvements expected in the near future. Intel can make use of this technology for their CPU's and their chip sets. This will create a new high speed processing history ,board space saving,more successful board designs.
FYI The folks from Altera tell me that the image of the "Optical FPGA" is real -- it's not a mock-up -- but also that this is used only as part of a demonstration and a proof-of-concept --- at this stage the production realization of this technology is in the future...
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