The chipmaker has started shipping silicon photonics modules, which use light and lasers to speed up data transfers between computers.
The silicon photonics components will initially allow for optical communications between servers and data centers, stretching over long distances, said Diane Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of Intel s Data Center Group.
Over time, Intel will put optical communications at the chip level, Bryant said during a keynote at Intel Developer Forum on Wednesday.
PCs and servers today use older electrical wiring for data transfers.
But the data transfer speeds via those cables had reached a brick wall, and fiber optics provide a way to shuffle data at faster speeds, Bryant said.
In addition to an ability to stretch across kilometers, the fiber optic cables will take up less space than older cables, Jason Waxman, corporate vice president and general manager of Intel s Data Center Solutions Group, said in an interview.