Jabil takes over Intel silicon photonics line
Jabil, a manufacturing solutions provider, has announced it will take over the manufacture and sale of Intel’s current silicon photonics-based pluggable optical transceiver (“module”) product lines and the development of future generations of such modules.
"This deal better positions Jabil to cater to the needs of our valued customers in the data centre industry, including hyperscale, next-wave clouds, and AI cloud data centres. These complex environments present unique challenges, and we are committed to tackling them head-on and delivering innovative solutions to support the evolving demands of the data centre ecosystem," stated Matt Crowley, senior vice president of Cloud and Enterprise Infrastructure at Jabil. "This deal enables Jabil to expand its presence in the data centre value chain."
Through its photonics business unit, Jabil seeks to empower organisations to reduce the complexities of developing and deploying enhanced optical networking solutions by offering complete photonics capabilities, including component design, system assembly, and streamlined supply chain management.
"We are pleased to reach this agreement with a world-class supplier like Jabil," said Safroadu Yeboah-Amankwah, senior vice president and chief strategy officer of Intel. "We look forward to working closely with Jabil, our customers, and our suppliers to enable a seamless transition as Intel shifts its focus to silicon photonics components for existing markets and emerging applications."
Crowley concluded: "Our Design-to-Dust capabilities continue to resonate with customers and we are investing in the areas of data centre infrastructure services, liquid cooling, and silicon photonics to help our customers solve their challenges. Jabil is extremely well positioned to support customers as they incorporate innovative technologies into their data centres to navigate the increasing requirements around power and cooling being driven by artificial intelligence."