The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Next-Generation Coherent Architectures – Pluggable vs Multi-haul, a Knockout or a Draw?

Wednesday, 6 March, 13:30-14:30
Theater III, Hall G
Session sponsored and organized by Acacia Communications

Session Description

Coherent architectures have trended toward increasing adoption of pluggable modules but margin stacking is creating competitive pressure, particularly in higher growth, edge coherent applications.   Meanwhile, the latest generation of high-speed optics and DSPs with flexible transmission capabilities are offering solutions that support multi-haul applications ranging from high capacity edge DCI to submarine but fear of vendor lock-in concerns webscale providers. Panelists will discuss the synergies and trade-offs between these architectures and consider how they may evolve in future generations.



Tom WilliamsTom Williams, Senior Director of Marketing, Acacia Communications, USA

Tom is responsible for global marketing and communications activities for Acacia.  Prior to Acacia, Tom spent 14 years at Optium and Finisar Corporations, where he held various management roles, including Director of Product Line Management for high speed (>100G) transmission products. Tom has also held positions at Lucent Technologies and Northrop Grumman Corporation. He has an MS in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Widener University.


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