The exponential growth of cloud data is driving demand for faster and more efficient interfaces in order to move data within the cloud infrastructure from the network and system down to chip-level data communications. New and developing interface technologies, including 400Gbps and faster Ethernet, PCIe 6.0 and CXL peripheral interconnect technologies, and new high-speed SerDes for die-to-die communications are enabling the infrastructure enhancements required to support evolving cloud data needs. The following article takes a deep dive into these emerging technologies and offers excellent insights on how to put them to work

Streaming media, monitoring and surveillance data, connected sensors, social media, online collaboration, remote learning, augmented and virtual reality, online gaming… the never-ending list of online applications has led to an explosion of online data. Annual data traffic is expected to increase by over 400x over the next 10 years (Figure 1). This rapid increase in data traffic will require significant improvements in speed and latency of data interface IP, especially in the cloud infrastructure. This article examines technology developments that will help accelerate and manage data movement within and between data centers, within servers, and within system-on-chip (SoC) packages.

Figure 1: Total Data Traffic Forecast through 2030. Source: “Impact of AI on Electronics and Semiconductor Industries”, IBS, April 2020.

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