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CeBIT 2014: Fujitsu receives Intel Innovation Award for Pioneering Light-Speed Data Centre Technology

Fujitsu UK & Ireland

London, March 11, 2014

Fujitsu today receives the Intel Innovation Award for its pioneering new concept in data center technology. The ceremony takes place at 10 am in the Intel Pavilion P37, Nord / LB forum at CeBIT. The award will be accepted by Jens-Peter Seick, Senior Vice President Product Development Group, Fujitsu.

Silicon Photonics Technology delivers data at the speed of light, removing performance bottlenecks and enabling real-time business at full speed. By using fiber-optic cables, data throughput speeds are increased to light speed, at rates of up to 1.6Tbps (Terabits per second, enough to fill an entire 1TB hard drive in just five seconds).

The technology promises to significantly reshape the data center of the future, since it has the potential to remove physical limitations from data center design. Because data can be transferred over distances up to 300 meters without any performance degradation, new data center designs can be optimised. Network, storage and compute nodes can be decoupled, and processing units, which generate the most heat, can then be optimally cooled without having to also use heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) resources to cool more passive components such as storage and network. Silicon Photonics will also make it easier to connect new server nodes or storage systems, as these can be positioned in external racks and connected via fiber optic cables to the server core.

Developed jointly by Fujitsu and Intel, Silicon Photonics Technology was shown for the first time outside the laboratories in November 2013, at the Fujitsu Forum event in Munich, Germany.

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Jens-Peter Seick,
Senior Vice President Product Development Group, Fujitsu:
“For Fujitsu it is a great honor to receive the Intel Innovation Award and also an incentive to continue to work together with Intel on developing new technologies for the data center. Silicon-based photonics has the potential to redefine the role of data centers, as service-oriented providers of sheet computing power for organisations conducting real time business. By separating server and storage components we are taking an important step towards increasing the efficiency of data centers and giving customers a new competitive edge in real-time business.”

Christian Lamprechter,
Managing Director Intel GmbH and Country Manager of Germany and Austria:
“With the world's first server solution based on Intel Silicon Photonics Technology, Fujitsu impressively demonstrated that it is possible to achieve a massive increase in performance with the help of an innovative system design in the data center. In addition, the proof of concept shows how bottlenecks in server and storage performance can be eliminated thanks to innovative approaches. Intel and Fujitsu have laid the foundation for the data center of the future. With the Intel Innovation Award, we recognise this outstanding achievement.”

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.4 trillion yen (US$47 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013. For more information, please see:

About Fujitsu UK & Ireland

Fujitsu UK & Ireland is a leading IT systems, services and products company employing over 10,100 people with an annual revenue of £1.6 billion. Additionally, Fujitsu’s other operations in the UK bring its total employee numbers to over 14,000 and its total revenues to £1.8 billion. Its business is in enabling its customers to realise their objectives by exploiting information technology through its integrated product and service portfolio. This includes consulting, applications, systems integration, managed services and product for customers in the private and public sectors including retail, financial services, telecoms, government, defence and consumer sectors. For more information, please see:

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Date: 11 March, 2014
City: London