Mellanox Ships More Than 200,000 Optical Transceiver Modules

19 March, 2017

“The 100Gb/s optical transceivers market has ramped very quickly,” said Amir Prescher, general manager of the interconnect business at Mellanox

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Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. from YOKNEAM, Israel, announced that it has shipped more than 200,000 VCSEL and silicon photonics transceiver modules for hyperscale Web 2.0, cloud, and enterprise 100Gb/s networks. The modules are delivered in the QSFP28 form factor as Active Optical Cables (AOCs) or as standalone pluggable transceivers.

“The 100Gb/s optical transceivers market has ramped very quickly,” said Amir Prescher, general manager of the interconnect business at Mellanox. “Multi-mode optics are the most cost effective solution on the market today to connect 25G and 100G Ethernet servers and switches over shorter data center reaches. For longer reaches, customers selected our silicon photonics-based PSM4 transceivers as the most cost effective, highest configurable, single-mode transceiver available.”

“100G quickly surpassing 40G”

Dale Murray, Principal Analyst at Lightcounting Market Research, said that tThe 100Gb/s transceiver and AOC market grew dramatically in 2016 to about $1.15 billion with demand exceeding supply. “The early adopter hyperscale and HPC spaces lead consumption. Going forward, we see 100G quickly surpassing the very popular 40G and going on to have a very long life cycle.”

Recently, Mellanox announced that is has shipped over 100,000 Direct Attach Copper (DAC) cables for 100Gb/s networks. DAC are used to link servers and storage to Top-of-Rack switches; typically less than 3 meters in length. Transceivers and AOCs offer lengths up to 2km. This announcement of optical transceivers confirms the broader market expansion of 100Gb/s networks.

Key application segments driving demand are the next-generation 100Gb/s networks in hyperscale, Web 2.0, enterprise, and storage as well as High Performance Computers. System builders are more broadly upgrading from 10G and 40Gb/s to 25, 50 and 100Gb/s networks. To meet the demand and the cost targets of end customers, Mellanox designs its own ICs, uses automated manufacturing and parallel system testing.

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