Tag: backplane interconnects

Fiber Optics Move into Military Backplanes

Fiber optic technology is continuing its push into high-end military systems as engineers increasingly choose it to meet accelerating speed demands. This marks a change from its traditional role as a technology for long-distance communications. Board and system suppliers are responding to this demand with a variety of optical products for backplanes and short-distance applications.

Copper versus optical: The battle in backplane interconnects

The debate over copper vs. optical transmission mediums started the minute it was realized that photons could be used to transmit data. Since then, engineers have been trying to develop methods to economically and practically use various optical transmission methods to move computer data at very high rates. Optical fiber cable is widely used, but optical backplane interconnects remain a rarity. What is the status of embedded optical lanes in a backplane? This article examines current efforts in the rivalry between copper and optical backplane interconnects.