Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Like fries with that?

So now Intel sells optical cables. Oh, the things you have to do to enable the market for x86 processors!

It turns out most end users buy 24-gauge copper cables that reach just 10 meters for data center computer clusters. But the new Intel Connects Cables with optical transceivers built into their connectors have an 100-meter reach. That enables multi-floor clusters extending today's 1,000 CPU systems to clusters with potentially tens of thousands of x86 chips.

When you are the world's largest semiconductor maker and have essentially one cash cow product, you wind up offering some strange fish to sell your chips.

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