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Web Giants Dictate Road Maps Big players driving changes in core technologies via @eetimes

Web Giants Dictate Road Maps Big players driving changes in core technologies via @eetimes

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Big data centers are driving big changes in core technologies. A handful of companies that run multiple warehouse-sized systems are increasingly driving the road map for everything from servers and optical interconnects to hard disk drives and next-gen RAM, raising concerns among traditional OEMs who feel they are losing influence. For example, commercial silicon photonics “is really, really close,” said Yuval Bachar, a former Cisco technical executive who now leads networking for Facebook. He should know. Bachar stood up at the Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) Conference last year and called for optical links priced at $1/Gbit/second running 500 meters over single-mode fiber. “People laughed at me,” he said in a conversation after a panel discussion at the Linley Data Center Conference here. Today as many as 20 companies are working to deliver on h...

Full article: http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1325845

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