The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, California, USA

The Fracturing and Burgeoning Ethernet Market

Tuesday, 21 March, 11:00 - 12:00
Expo Theater III

Session Organized by the Ethernet Alliance

Session Description

This Ethernet Alliance panel will discuss the diverse applications driving Ethernet optics to new level of diversity and scale.  Ethernet drives more fiber optics sales than any other protocol and new applications are pushing Ethernet to newer speeds based on 50G and 100G serial technologies including 50GbE, 100GbE (2X50G), 200GbE (4X50G) and 400GbE (8X50G and 4X100G).  The hyperscale data centers are pushing Ethernet to faster speeds and larger scales than ever before and look to use Flex Ethernet (FlexE) to drive even more speeds like 500GbE and Terabit Ethernet (TbE).
This panel of optics and systems experts will discuss how the 100GbE market is thriving yet fracturing into tens of flavors that may hinder volume production.  New optical module form factors that divide the market include SFP-DD, microQSFP, QSFP-DD, CFP8, OSFP, CFP16, and on-board-optics (OBO).  In addition to these form factors, the variety of optics supported at 100GbE may be 100GBASE-SR4, SR2, LR4, LR2, FR2, FR, DR, DR4 and MSAs outside of IEEE have or are defining CWDM4-2km, CLR4-2km, WDM4-10km, WDM4-20km and WDM4-40km.  While the Ethernet market is growing fast and beyond $1B/year in sales, the fracturing of the market with the combination of form factors and optical variants may hinder low cost production unless the industry unites around a few form factors and optical variants.


Scott Kipp, Director of Engineering at Brocade, President of the Ethernet Alliance, USA

Scott Kipp is a director of engineering at Brocade and participates in multiple standards organizations and industry associations. He specializes in high-speed fiber optic technology and is the President of the Ethernet Alliance. He chairs roadmap subcommittees for Ethernet and Fibre Channel and has created folding maps of the technology.  He has written three books for the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) and is currently writing a book about his father’s professional baseball career.

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