The 100Gbit/s generation is going to be an interesting Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) battleground as both Altera and Xilinx Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) are pushing chips to 28Gbit/s transceiver speeds (and, coincidentally, 28nm manufacturing processes). (See Xilinx Preps for 400G, Supercomm: Chips Look Toward 40/100-Gig, The 400-Gig Vision.)
And, to that end, Altera took away one of Xilinx's teammates, as Xilinx was using Avalon's cores.
That might lead you to wonder who else is left in this intellectual property space. Two companies still independent are Sarance Technologies Inc. and Xelic Inc. , both Xilinx partners.
There's also Sembarc Ltd. , a small Irish startup born from the ashes of Flex (Nasdaq: FLEX)'s old design services efforts.
"I understand folks saying 2012 will be widespread deployment of 100G. I actually think we'll see more than we think in 2011," Smith said. (Transcript courtesy of Seeking Alpha.)
Other 100Gbit/s happenings of late:
- Ericsson Puts Its Own Spin on 100G
- Allied Fiber Finds More Financing
- Juniper Updates Core Routers
- True Deploys AlcaLu 100G
- IBM, Semtech Work on ADCs/DSPs
- China Telecom Completes 100G Test
- Brocade Scores With CERN
- Avago Demos 28G Serdes
- Reflex Shows OTU4 CFP
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading