The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, California, USA

Panel III: The Promising Market of 100G and Beyond Pluggable Devices – Talk with Experts

Panel III: The Promising Market of 100G and Beyond Pluggable Devices – Talk with Experts

Tuesday, 22 March
14:30 - 16:00

Shamim Akhtar, Global Network Architecture & Technology Strategy, Apple, USA

Panel Description:

100G transceivers are used for three major types of connections: intra- and inter-datacenter, transport client, and metro/access – all of which have improved significantly lately.

Photonic integration has been plodding along, and has started to play an important role in reduction of power, footprint, and cost of the pluggable. The detailed designs of the devices, however, have many flavors such as: four-wave or four-fiber 28GBd NRZ, two-wave 28GBd PAM4, single-wave 56GBd PAM4, single-wave DMT, and so on. At the same time, there are various form factors to be considered as well including QSFP, CFP4, SFP+, and even as passive ports on boards directly. This panel of industry experts will strive to determine the potential winning technology from the wide variety of options as well as answer the following questions:

•Is it reasonable to expect that the price tag of a 100G pluggable can drop from about $30K several years ago to under $1K, which means $10/Gbps, in a couple of years?

•With further improvement if the cost of a $1/Gbps for high-speed transceivers is achievable in foreseeable future, what will vendor margins look like?

•How can the market serve a reach distance of 2km at one end and 40/80km at the other?

•In addition to NRZ LR4, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the PAM4 approach versus DMT?

•Will demands of different types of data center operators be adequately accommodated?

•When will a 400G pluggable be available and how much does it cost?


Sudeep Bhoja, CTO, InPhi, USA

Mitch Fields, VP, Fiber Optics Products Division,Avago Technologies, USA,

Kenneth Jackson, Product Marketing Director, Sumitomo Electric Device Innovations, USA

Yves LeMaitre, President of Optical Connectivity Business, Oclaro, USA

Matt Traverso, TMG Engineering, Cisco, USA



Shamim Akhtar
Shamim is a frequent speaker in packet optical converged core and access space. He is instrumental in aligning system level thought process in scaling speeds beyond 100G to 1Tbps in North America by collaborating with carriers, technology partners and research organizations. Shamim has been involved in critical technology acquisition and investment decisions in IP/Optical industry with help of his experience and insight on the length and breadth of network technologies and their operational models across core, edge and access network.  He is an IIT Graduate with working knowledge of MSO/Carrier network in North America, Europe and APAC through his current & prior experiences in Philips, VPISystems and Internet Photonics/Ciena.

Mitch Fields
Dr. Mitchell Fields is VP, Fiber Optics Products Division, at Avago Technologies.  In this role, Mitch works with customers to identify and develop Avago interconnect solutions that enable customers to differentiate their end products.  Since joining Avago in 2005, he has also held positions in Strategic Marketing and Applications Engineering.  Prior to joining Avago, he worked as an optical engineer and architect at Sycamore Networks (2000 – 2005) and as a staff scientist at MIT Lincoln Laboratory (1997 – 2000).  Mitchell has degrees in mathematics and economics from SUNY Binghamton and a Ph.D. in physics from Yale University.

Kenneth Jackson
Dr. Kenneth Jackson has spent over 30 years in the fiber-optic communications field.  He has held various research and development positions at IBM, JDSU, and EMCORE Corp involved in the development of serial and parallel fiber optic modules for enterprise interconnect applications.  In 2012 he joined Sumitomo Electric Device Innovations, USA where he is the Product Marketing Director for optical communications module and device products.  Dr. Jackson has authored many journal articles and made numerous technical presentations at fiber-optic conferences. He holds five patents.     

Yves LeMaitre
Mr. LeMaitre has served as Oclaro’s President of Optical Connectivity Business since October 2013. Prior to this, Mr. LeMaitre was Oclaro’s Chief Commercial Officer from July 2011 to September 2013. He previously served as Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, from February 2011 to July 2011, and was Executive Vice President and General Manager of Oclaro’s Advanced Photonic Solutions division from April 2009 to January 2011. Previously, Mr. LeMaitre served as Vice President of Telecommunications Sales and Corporate Marketing for the company from February 2008 to April 2009. From May 2005 to December 2007, Mr. LeMaitre was with Avanex, most recently serving as Chief Marketing Officer in charge of worldwide sales and marketing. Previously, Mr. LeMaitre was President and Chief Executive Officer of Lightconnect, a leading supplier of optical MEMS components and modules. In addition, he worked for Alcatel and its joint venture with Sprint International in a variety of general management, senior marketing and engineering positions in the United States, France, the Netherlands and Italy. Mr. LeMaitre earned a master’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Nantes University in France. He also holds an engineering degree from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications (ENST) in Paris.

Matt Traverso
Matt Traverso has been active in the development and definition of optical networking standards and module form factors since 2000 including as the original editor of the CFP MSA (Multi-Source Agreement). He has been a frequent contributor to the IEEE Standards Association, Optical Internetworking Forum and other optical communications forums. Matt is a Principal Engineer for Cisco Systems with a focus on next generation optical architectures based on silicon photonics. He graduated from Stanford University in Materials Science & Engineering.

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