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OpenOptics MSA Founders Mellanox and RANOVUS Propose Wavelength Division Multiplexing Specifications

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09 March 2015

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OpenOptics MSA Founders Mellanox and RANOVUS Propose Wavelength Division Multiplexing Specifications to the Open Compute Project

OpenOptics MSA Founders Mellanox and RANOVUS Propose Wavelength Division Multiplexing Specifications to the Open Compute Project
to Enable Cost and Energy Efficient Data Centers

 
OpenOpticsMSA specifications provide a roadmap for streaming terabits of data over a single strand of fiber in data center fabrics
 
OCP U.S. Summit 2015, San Jose, CA. – March 9, 2015 – Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, and RANOVUS, today announced that the OpenOptics MSA is contributing the developed wavelength specifications to the Open Compute Project (OCP). The new specification enables data to be streamed at terabits per second over a single fiber. This contribution is part of Mellanox’s mission to drive a faster pace of innovation that focuses on energy efficiency and bandwidth scalability in data center technologies.
 
On March 9, 2015, Dr. Mehdi Asghari, Mellanox Vice President of Silicon Photonics Research and Development, will present the specifications at the OCP U.S. Summit 2015. Leveraging the advantages of low-cost silicon photonics technologies, the MSA wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) specifications will eventually enable data centers to use up to 32 or more channels per fiber strand.
 
“Previously, there was no standard for anything beyond 100Gb/s,” said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “Now, the OCP will have an architecture standard that scales to a terabit and beyond on existing fiber, substantially reduces the cost of hyperscale data center networks.”
 
“Our OpenOptics MSA collaboration with industry leaders has resulted in the definition of a cost effective and scalable solution for data center network connectivity,” said Saeid Aramideh, chief marketing and sales officer for RANOVUS. “Our agreement on this specification is a major milestone for our industry which we believe will accelerate the adoption of silicon-photonics-based WDM solutions for the data center market.”
 
“We are pleased to see Mellanox bringing their Open Optics submission to the OCP networking project,” said Frank Frankovksy, chairman and president, Open Compute Project. “Standards efforts like these help further the Open Compute vision for openness and a faster pace of innovation in network technologies.”
 
The founders and supporters for the OpenOptics MSA for Highly Scalable Interconnect Solutions include Mellanox Technologies, RANOVUS, Ciena, Oracle, Vertilas, and Ghiasi Quantum. The MSA combines 1550 nm WDM laser and silicon photonics for optical networking solutions enabling the lowest cost, highest density, and highest bandwidth single mode fiber (SMF) connectivity, significantly improving terabit-scale data center infrastructure ROI.

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About Mellanox
Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability. Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software, cables and silicon that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high-performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services. More information is available at www.mellanox.com.
 
About RANOVUS
RANOVUS, with operations in Canada, USA, and Germany, develops and manufactures advanced solutions for the next generation of interconnects for the telecommunications and information technology industries. Our team has extensive experience in product development and commercialization of optoelectronics components and transceiver subsystems for the information technology industry. RANOVUS’ current disruptive portfolio includes Quantum Dot Multi-Wavelength Laser technology and advanced digital and photonics integrated circuit technologies that are setting a new industry benchmark for the lowest power dissipation, size and cost for the next generation of optical interconnect solutions.
 
The company was founded in February 2012 and has received financing from leading venture capital firms including Azure Capital Partners, T-Venture, BDC Venture Capital, OMERS Ventures, and MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund. Additional information about RANOVUS can be found at www.ranovus.com
 
 
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