Kyocera's New "On-Board Optics Module" Achieves World-Record Bandwidth, Reduces Power Consumption for Data Centers
Kyocera Corporation (President: Hideo Tanimoto)(TOKYO:6971) today announced it has developed an On-Board Optics Module that achieves world-record bandwidth of 512 Gbps. The module is expected to support high-speed network applications, such as data centers. Additionally, by converting electrical signals into optical signals, the module uses much less power than conventional alternatives and will also help decrease power consumption and promote sustainability.
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Kyocera's New On-Board Optics Module (Photo: Business Wire)
Kyocera's prototype module is miniaturized for installation on a printed circuit board near the processor, allowing electronic data to be converted into optical signals instantaneously. In addition, the product is designed to create unprecedented improvements in signal-to-noise ratio, virtually eliminating the signal loss caused by conventional electrical conductors. As a result of these technological advances, Kyocera's On-Board Optics Module has achieved world-record bandwidth of 512 gigabits per second (Gbps)* and is expected to help data centers and supercomputers save power while increasing bandwidth and data transfer rates.
*512Gbps bandwidth is currently the world record using the Peripheral Component Interconnect Express 5.0 (PCIe gen5) extended interface standard (Kyocera research, September 2022).
Video: Introducing Kyocera's New On-Board Optics Module
AI, IoT, and expanding 5G communication services are creating a rapid increase in internet traffic worldwide and unprecedented demand for high-speed, large-bandwidth data centers. However, the data center industry is fast becoming a leading consumer of electricity, so reducing their power consumption is also a major issue for society.
Kyocera's new on-board optics module features a miniaturized form factor that can be board-mounted inside the server near the processor, enabling power-saving signal transmission by converting electronic data into optical signals instantaneously. In addition, the prototype's transmission bandwidth of 512 Gbps will substantially improve data center speed and capacity.
In the future, to support innovations like autonomous driving and the metaverse, more data centers will need to be built to reduce latency and shorten the distance to end-users. This module contributes to miniaturization by achieving high speed and large capacity in a small form factor, allowing data centers to be built in urban and other higher-population-density areas.
Prototype Product Features
1) Power Savings
2) World-Record Bandwidth, Larger Capacity
3) Space Savings
Overview of Kyocera's On-Board Optical Module
Kyocera will continue to test our On-Board Optics Module technology with partner companies to achieve commercialization as early as possible. In addition, we will continue to engage in R&D to develop new products that contribute to solving the challenges of today's ever-evolving digital society.
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