Lightelligence and ZeroPoint to boost data centre connectivity


Lightelligence, the global leader in photonic computing, and ZeroPoint Technologies, a leading provider of ultra-fast data compression IP, announced a partnership to increase the bandwidth and performance of optical Compute Express Link (CXL) interconnect in data centres with data compression technology.

Through this strategic partnership, Lightelligence will develop an ultra-low latency and energy-efficient CXL interconnect, leveraging ZeroPoint’s compression IP to significantly boost the performance-per-watt of CXL data interconnects by an impressive 50%. By incorporating ZeroPoint’s compression IP into CXL memory pools, they envision reducing a data centre’s total cost of ownership (TCO) by delivering a high-bandwidth, photonic-based interconnect that operates at lower power consumption compared to traditional copper wire-based interconnects.

The core objective of this collaboration is to utilise compression technology to decrease the number of channels required for CXL interconnectivity to memory pools. By supporting CXL bandwidth standards with fewer lanes, the power required for connections between CPUs and memory will see a substantial reduction, resulting in significant power savings at various levels, from the chip and compute node to the rack and pod, thus lowering CXL interconnect TCO.

The integration of photonics and compression technology enables data centre architects to construct more scalable systems while also streamlining design costs and time to market.

“ZeroPoint Technologies is a global leader in CXL compression technology,” remarks Hal Conklin, Lightelligence’s Vice President of Business Development. “We are excited about our partnership and proud to be at the forefront of cutting-edge solutions that help improve performance and TCO of data centres for the era of AI.”

“Partnering with Lightelligence is a great opportunity to explore optimisations simultaneously at the logical and physical layers for our data centre customers,” says Nilesh Shah, Vice President of Business Development at ZeroPoint Technologies.

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