Data Center

Cloud storage and computing, big data analyses, and social media require higher bandwidth communication in data centers. At the same time, trends such as itemization and virtualization are forcing data centers to make traffic between servers and storage elements more efficient. These changes require massive switching capabilities of the discrete switching elements. However, today’s technology quickly reaches its limits in this regard. The result is a multilayered structure of data centers with high power consumption and a long leading function. This is where the L3MATRIX project, financed by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, comes in. Within 36 months, the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM and seven partners from six EU member states and two associated countries (Switzerland and Israel) will develop the next generation of data center infrastructure.


It’s an understatement to say that a lot has changed in microelectronics in the last fifty years – and the same goes for circuit boards.  But even greater changes are afoot: with ever more data being used and shared, electrical…