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1 Dec
2015
Starts the new H2020 project TERABOARD

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On December 1st, 2015, the new H2020 project TERABOARD started, with total duration of 36 months. TERABOARD will develop ultra low power - high bandwidth density data communication for server and packet processing boards of data centers.

Data communication is a fundamental aspect of the societal evolution. The current use of internet and voice in communications will evolve in the future 5G (the fifth wireless communication generation), in which standard datacom and telecom will be mergerd with the IoT (Internet of Things). As a consequence, in the next five years data traffic will exponentially grow beyond the Zettabyte era. This evolution will require a technological roadmap that guarantees an increase of communication bandwidth by a factor of 1000 by 2020.

TERABOARD targets the needs of intra and inter-board communications in data centers and will deliver prototypes of optical interposers for Multi Chip Module applications. The prototypes will demonstrate Tb/s of aggregate traffic, scalable to hundreds of Tb/s by means of banks of high density optical interfaces in Silicon Photonics, communicating through a new VIAs-based multilayer optical intraboard interconnection platform.

TERABOARD will achieve:

  • 50 Tb/s/cm2 bandwidth density
  • Efficient power consumption strategy: front end consumption of 2.5pJ/bit
  • Multiple intra-board interconnections within 40 cm range with target cost of 0.1 $/Gb/s

The European project TERABOARD is an initiative of the Photonics Public Private Partnership, under the grant agreement H2020-ICT-2015 nº 688510, with a total budget of 4.25 million EURO.


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TERABOARD gathers the following beneficiaries:

  • Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni (CNIT), Italy – Coordinator
  • Ericsson Telecomunicazioni, Italy
  • STMicroelectronics, Italy
  • Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum (IMEC), Belgium
  • Alcatel-Lucent Italia, Italy
  • iMinds, Belgium
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Italy
  • Universitat Politecnica De Valencia (UPV), Spain
  • European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC), France