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Intel Launches 800 Gbps Optical Cable

Enterprise Technology Review | Monday, March 18, 2019

FREMONT, CA: Intel has launched a new optical cable called MXC, replacing higher-grade copper wires used in transferring data, reports Alex Hamilton of techradar.

MXC uses light and lasers to move data between servers, storage, networking at a speed of 800Gbps, surpassing the commonly used 10Gbps cables. MXC cables are smaller, more durable and resistant.  They also help in downloading HD films in seconds. MXC extends to a range of up to 300 meters wherein each cable can have a maximum of 64 fibers, and each fiber can transfer data at 25Gbps. Microsoft and Huawei are the new patrons for the new connector MXC cables.

“Microsoft is pleased to join the MXC Adopters Forum and looks forward to evaluating MXC based products. We believe that MXC along with Intel Silicon Photonics will be instrumental in shaping next generation high performance data center architectures. We look forward to working with Intel and open standards bodies like OCP to accelerate information sharing and industry adoption,” said Kushagra Vaid, General Manager, Microsoft.