AI boosts optical connectivity demand [Byline]

Cloud computing raised expectations for data speeds, but artificial intelligence (AI) workloads are placing even more pressures on bandwidth to move data faster and reliably.

While protocols like the Compute Express Link (CXL) are helping to optimize where data is stored so it is closer to where it needs to be, connectivity remains crucial to moving it as fast as possible. After a dip in adoption, optical transceiver technology is seeing an uptick to scale AI in the data center by companies like Amazon and Google, while connectivity is getting baked into full-stack systems along with hardware and software.

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Gary Hilson is a freelance writer with a focus on B2B technology, including information technology, cybersecurity, and semiconductors.