The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

COBO Specification Overview and Next Steps

Wednesday, 14 March, 10:15-11:45
Theater II, Hall E
Session organized by the Consortium for On-Board Optics (COBO)

Sesson Description

The Consortium for Onboard Optics (COBO) panel will provide an overview of its on-board optical module specification developed for the data center and coherent markets. The panel will discuss the market outlook and next steps to enable broader market adoption.


Brad Booth, Principal Network Architect, Microsoft; President, COBO, USA

Brad Booth is a distinguished leader in Ethernet technology development and standardization. Currently the President of Consortium for On-Board Optics, he is a Principal Network Architect at Microsoft Azure Infrastructure leading the interconnect strategy for Microsoft’s cloud datacenters. Brad is the founder and past Chairman of the Ethernet Alliance, and he has also held senior strategist and engineering positions in the CTO office of Dell and Intel.


Bernard HL LeeBernard HL Lee, Regional Technology Director, SENKO Advanced Components, Hong Kong

Bernard is a senior telecommunications and business strategy professional with more than 15 years of global experience in telecommunication & data communications arena especially in the field of optical fibre communications. Bernard is an Expert at the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), a Chartered Engineer (CEng) accredited by the Engineering Council of UK, a Professional Engineer (PEng) registered with the Board of Engineers Malaysia and also a BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD). In the past 15 years, Bernard has designed, commission and audited numerous communications networks.
Karen LiuKaren Liu, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Kaiam Corp., USA

Dr. Karen Liu has more than 25 years’ experience in fiber optics and communications. Before joining Kaiam in 2014, she was a Principal Analyst at Ovum, a Senior Product Planner at Tellabs, and a Research Staff member at IBM.    She received a PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford and a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton.   
Arlon MartinArlon Martin, Senior Director, Marketing, Mellanox Technologies, USA

Arlon Martin is the Senior Director of Marketing at Mellanox Technologies with responsibilities for the silicon photonics and interconnect products. Arlon has previously held executive management and product development positions at Lumentum, Nokia (Lucent Technologies), and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Arlon participates in the IEEE standards committees for 100, 200 and 400 Gb/s Ethernet, the Ethernet Alliance, the SFP-DD MSA Promoter group, the QSFP-DD MSA Promoter group and the Consortium for On-Board Optics (COBO), where he currently serves as the Chair of the Use Cases and Reliability Sub-Group.
Hugues Tournier, Power and Signal Integrity Senior Manager, Ciena, Canada

As manager of Power and Signal Integrity, Mr. Tournier supervises the projects related to high speed transmission for transport at Ciena. Mr. Tournier joined Ciena in 2010. In the past, he has worked with JDSU as a reflectometer designer. He also worked at Bell Northern Research (BNR) as a firmware and hardware designer, and for Nortel as a technical supervisor for hardware PCB development.  Mr. Tournier is a member of the Optical Internetworking Forum, OIF, and IEEE.  He also joined the COBO as the Electrical Sub-Group Chair. More recently, Mr. Tournier became the Coherent COBO Chairman. As a Chainman and member of COBO, he guides and contributes to the decision-making process, particularly on matters related to high speed interconnections and Electro-mechanical requirements for the Coherent COBO module.  Mr. Tournier holds patents entitled Method and Apparatus for In-Service Optimization of the Performance of an Optical Transmission System and Millimeter-Wave Broadband Transition of Grounded Coplanar Waveguide on Thin-to-Thick Substrates. 
Nathan TracyNathan Tracy, Technologist and Manager of Industry Standards, TE Connectivity, USA

Nathan Tracy has over 30 years of experience in Technology Development, Marketing, and Business Development for TE Connectivity in areas including RF and microwave, automotive, wireless, networking, and telecom.  Currently, he is a Technologist on the system architecture team and the manager of industry standards, driving standards activities and working with key customers on new system architectures in TE’s Data and Devices business unit.   Nathan is active in a number of industry standards and associations. He currently serves the OIF as a member of the board of directors and VP of marketing and is a regular attendee and contributor to the Ethernet Alliance, IEEE 802.3 and COBO. He is currently the chair of the microQSFP MSA and recently led the CDFP MSA.  He is active in several other industry MSAs and forums. Nathan earned his Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering Technology degree from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.


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