CDFP Formed to Advance Development of 400 Gbps Transceivers

  CDFP Formed to Advance Development of 400 Gbps Transceivers

   New consortium to define and promote industry-wide adoption of 400 Gbps

Business Wire

CHICAGO -- September 24, 2013

The CDFP MSA today announced the formation of an industry consortium
consisting of seven leading networking organizations dedicated to defining
specifications and promoting adoption of interoperable 400 Gbps hot pluggable

The joint efforts of the CDFP consortium will increase customer choice, reduce
end-user costs and ensure interoperability to allow the copper cable and fiber
optics transceiver market to expand more rapidly.

The CDFP MSA participants are mutually committed to address industry needs by
advancing technologies and providing products that are mechanically and
electrically interchangeable. The consortium project scope will be to specify
electrical interfaces, mechanical interfaces, and software interfaces, which
may include optical connector and mating fiber optic cable plug, electrical
connector, guide rail, front panel and host PCB layout requirements.
Additionally, the CDFP MSA specification is expected to include thermal,
electromagnetic and electrostatic discharge design recommendations, all
significant factors when creating standards.

Founding members of the CDFP MSA include: Avago Technologies, Brocade, IBM,
JDSU, Juniper Networks, Molex Incorporated and TE Connectivity.

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“Avago is pleased to work with other leading copper cable, optical module, and
system companies to define an important 400 Gbps interface for next-generation
interconnect applications.”
--Philip Gadd, vice president and general manager, fiber optics division,
Avago Technologies, Inc.

“Brocade is proud to be a founding member of the CDFP MSA that is open to many
vendors who will help develop this new form factor. The CDFP standard will
enable terabits/second of throughput on a standard faceplate.”
--Scott G. Kipp, principal technologist, Office of the CTO, Brocade

“The standardization of electrical and mechanical specifications will enable
the mass adoption of the best available technology to meet future data center
demands. By leveraging simplified connectors and blending existing current 100
Gbps technologies, the MSA will collectively establish a form factor to
seamlessly transition the industry to 400 Gbps connectivity.”
--Pravin Patel, senior technical staff member, IBM Master Inventor, IBM

“Network bandwidth demand continues to explode so it’s critical that we set a
standard now for 400 Gbps client-side transceivers that will support
next-generation optical interfaces. What will be most exciting about this new
standard is that the 400 Gbps interface will have the flexibility to support
different reaches across the network for maximum longevity and flexibility.”
--Tom Fawcett, vice president of transmission marketing, CCOP business
segment, JDSU

“The formation of the CDFP MSA will advance 400 Gbps interconnect standards
alignment in the networking industry across the vendor base and end users. By
creating a common electro-mechanical definition, we will enable the networking
industry to cost effectively adopt copper cabling and active optical cable
(AOC) technology that can be used across all conforming switching and routing
--Jeffery J. Maki, distinguished engineer, Juniper Networks

“Addressing demand for high speed applications is a shared priority for our
industry peers and many of our customers. We are committed to defining a
winning form factor to enable widespread adoption. The collaboration will
yield the selection of a robust mechanical interface and powerhouse performer
with the densest high-speed 16-lane interface on the market, delivering 400
Gbps in a compact size.”
--Scott Sommers, group product manager, Molex Incorporated

“With data center power consumption exceeding one percent of the total energy
consumed in the world, thermal management has become a non-negotiable priority
to our customers. That’s why TE's work with the CDFP MSA consortium is more
than just enabling systems to achieve higher speeds of 400 Gbps—it’s about
giving the market a higher density, higher speed product with excellent
thermal performance.”
--Nathan Tracy, CDFP chair, communications industry marketing, TE Connectivity


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