Interconnect That Moves Data Faster—and Smarter

Intel’s portfolio of interconnect technologies spans microns to miles, creating faster systems and networks.

Removing Roadblocks in Data Movement

The growth of cloud services, the Internet of Things, and resource-heavy workloads like deep learning and other types of artificial intelligence (AI) are placing enormous demand on computing systems. But performance is about more than compute. Interconnect plays a crucial role in eliminating the bottlenecks that slow data movement.

Intel’s investments in interconnect technology are among the broadest in the industry. With a complete view of the ecosystem—from silicon to data center to wireless—we give direction to the industry to build systems and networks that run faster. At the heart of our exploration is how data moves, from its creation in ones and zeros to the experience it ultimately enables.

Our innovation focuses on scalable, standards-based solutions that empower the ecosystem to get the most from cutting-edge processor capabilities. At the chip and processor level, we’re opening the door for novel system designs. And as data centers scale and evolve and 5G is deployed, our interconnect technologies will provide the foundation for the best possible experiences.

Infrastructure Processing Unit (IPU)

Programmable network devices that intelligently manage system-level resources by securely accelerating networking and storage infrastructure functions in a data center.

Service providers and enterprises are investing heavily in hyper-scale data centers to deliver efficient compute for cloud native applications and micro-services. The applications delivering these services must have access to high-speed, low latency storage and a secure networking infrastructure.

However, infrastructure services such as virtual switching, security, and storage can consume a significant number of CPU cycles. Infrastructure Processing Units (IPUs) accelerate network infrastructure, freeing up CPU cores for improved application performance. IPUs enable cloud service providers to customize infrastructure function deployments at the speed of software, while improving data center utilization by allowing for flexible workload placement.

System on Chip (SoC) Interconnect

Our innovation in interconnect starts at the most foundational level: the SoC. Whether it’s within the silicon or on package, advanced interconnect means data moves faster and performance is more easily scaled. Intel’s approach to on-die interconnect and packaging unlocks new potential for design across a wide range of SoCs.

Processor Interconnect

Moving data between different compute engines, memory, and I/O takes a specialized set of high-bandwidth and low-latency interconnect technologies. Our advances in processor interconnect make it possible for all these elements to come together and work as one.

Data Center Interconnect

A hyper-scale data center can have the footprint of several football fields. That creates unprecedented demand on fabric speeds and smart processing capabilities. Intel’s high-speed, long-distance interconnect technologies drive performance at large scale with computing at low latency.

Wireless Interconnect

The Internet of Things is driving massive growth in data generation. Wireless interconnect is the conduit connecting billions of people and things. For example, autonomous vehicles will create huge amounts of data every second, which must be captured, filtered, stored, and transmitted. We’re collaborating with technology partners to develop 5G and Wi-Fi 6 standards, enabling the next generation of wireless connectivity.

Intel 5G

5G is bringing high-bandwidth, low-latency wireless connectivity to the world, allowing for smarter experiences. Intel® technologies are embedded throughout the 5G value chain. We’re working with telecom service and infrastructure providers to prepare networks for 5G and all it has to offer.

Intel® Wi-Fi 6

The latest standard in Wi-Fi delivers higher peak data rates and greater capacity for significantly improved user experiences. Intel® Wi-Fi 6 solutions enable the fastest wireless speeds for PCs, along with more-responsive performance, especially in dense environments.

Wi-Fi OpenRoaming Overview

Wi-Fi networks are everywhere. The number of global Wi-Fi hotspots is expected to reach over 600 million by 2023. Most of these Wi-Fi networks are standalone systems, isolated from the networks around them, and any one person is only allowed to connect to a small number of these networks. Connecting to public Wi-Fi networks is one of the top challenges that the Wi-Fi industry has been facing for many years, and Wi-Fi OpenRoaming is the latest innovation to solve this issue.

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Standards-Based Interconnects

Intel is committed to developing and supporting interconnect standards for the benefit of the entire industry. Our products are built on these widely accepted standards to maximize interoperability.

Six Pillars of Technology Innovation for the Next Era of Computing

Intel is innovating across six pillars of technology development to unleash the power of data for the industry and our customers.

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