100G Watch: The Ramp-Up Continues
It's been a busy couple of weeks for various aspects of 100Gbit/s networking, and not all because of The ECOC Exhibition. We start on the business side.
Like many systems vendors in the first coherent 100Gbit/s wave, Fujitsu developed its own optical modules. But that doesn't mean the company is shutting out components vendors. "Fujitsu likes to have two sources for all our critical 100Gbit/s components," Eisenach says.
The 1830 has been on a roll since July, with a couple of customer announcements and a trial. (See Euronews: Dual-Mode LTE Network Goes Live, AlcaLu Wins 100G Deal in Hong Kong, and Mobily Trials 100G With AlcaLu.)
Still, the arrival of the HX family is a key step for Xelerated to make up ground against EZchip Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: EZCH), one of its few direct competitors. EZchip has taken most of the network-processor limelight lately, thanks in no small part to products ramping at Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR)
AppliedMicro Inc. is the other competitor here, having announced its own CMOS gearbox earlier this year. As Jag Bolaria, an analyst with The Linley Group , noted, these CMOS chips could reduce 100Gbit/s module costs considerably compared with the SiGe chips coming out of Semtech Corp. (Nasdaq: SMTC).
The task force will be working on backplane and short-connection standards for future high-speed work, whether that's at 400 Gbit/s or 1 Tbit/s. As usual for high-speed Ethernet, the group is being guided by John D'Ambrosia, who's now a Dell Technologies (Nasdaq: DELL) employee due to its acquisition of Force10.
Other 100Gbit/s mentions lately:
- Metro 100G Gets Some Buzz
- Ixia Tests 40/100G
- Fujitsu Intros 100G Coherent
- Opnext Does 100G, Tunable XFP
- Infinera Unleashes Coherent 100G
- Spirent Tests AlcaLu's 400G
- Transmode Unveils Coherent 100G Strategy
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading