The demand for 100-400G network interfaces continues to grow rapidly, driven by network virtualization and the shift to cloud services. Within data centers, servers now support 10GE or 25GE interfaces, requiring significant bandwidth through top-of-rack switches and between racks. Many large and hyper-scale data centers already have 100G connections between racks, and operators are already migrating to 400G and looking at 800G. These developments are also putting strain on data center interconnects (DCI) between data centers, requiring operators to migrate from 100G to 200G and 400G connections.
400G deployments are well underway for enterprise and data center applications, initially using CFP8 optical modules but transitioning to QSFP-DD as these modules become available in volume. OSFP will also be important for some applications. The IEEE has adopted four 400GE port types for 100m MMF, 500m parallel SMF, 2km SMF and 10km SMF. These are a great start, but the industry is looking for alternative port types that can deliver lower cost and lower power solutions as the volume of 400G interface shipped accelerates.
Performance remains the key criteria for selecting 100/400G optical modules; however, there are multiple secondary criteria, including cost, vendor, latency and power. Finisar continues to lead this market, but several vendors are challenging this lead, including Acacia, Fujitsu, Intel and Oclaro. Going forward, lower-cost 400G interfaces and 800G interfaces will be particularly important for data centers and companies are already working on solutions.
100/400G Components Survey: 2018 Market Outlook analyzes the current and projected use of 100G, 400G, 800G and other interfaces by telecom and networking equipment manufacturers, based on the results of an exclusive worldwide survey of engineers, designers, product managers and sales/marketing personnel that work for those suppliers. The responses to our survey make it clear that these devices are critical components in most types of networking equipment, from the access edge to the core of the network and data centers.
The following excerpt shows the results when we asked respondents when their company will ship products with 400G interfaces. Almost one third (32 percent) said that their company was already shipping 400G, and a further 14 percent said they would do so within six months or one year. These results show that 400G is now well established.
100/400G Components Survey: 2018 Market Outlook is published in PDF format.
Table of Contents
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
- 1.1 Key Findings
- 1.2 Companies Covered
2. SURVEY OVERVIEW
3. 100-800G SYSTEMS
- 3.1 How Many Companies Ship 100G Ports?
- 3.2 What Types of Systems Support 100G Ports?
- 3.3 How Many Companies Ship 400G Ports?
- 3.4 When Will Companies Ship 800G Ports?
4. INTERFACE SPEEDS & PORT TYPES
- 4.1 Interface Speeds Supported
- 4.2 400G Ethernet Port Types Now & Future
5. PHY DEVICES & VENDORS
- 5.1 Which Types of PHY Device?
- 5.2 Which PHY Vendors Are Used?
- 5.3 PHY Vendor Ratings
6. 100-400G OPTICAL MODULES
- 6.1 100G Modules
- 6.2 400G Modules
7. OPTICAL MODULE VENDORS
- 7.1 Which Optical Module Vendors Are Used?
- 7.2 Optical Module Vendor Ratings
- 7.3 How OEMs Choose 100-400G Optical Modules
- Acacia Communications Inc.
- Achronix Semiconductor Corp.
- Amphenol Corp.
- Applied Optoelectronics Inc.
- Broadcom Corp.
- Champion ONE
- ColorChip Inc.
- Credo Semiconductor Inc.
- Effdon Networks Ltd.
- Eoptolink Technology Inc.
- eTopus Technology Inc.
- Finisar Corp.
- Flex Logix Technologies Inc.
- Foxconn Interconnect Technology Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd.
- Fujitsu Optical Components Ltd., a subsidiary of Fujitsu Ltd.
- Hisense Broadband Multimedia Technologies Co. Ltd.
- Integrated Device Technology Inc.
- InnoLight Technology Corp.
- Inphi Corp.
- Intel Corp.
- Kaiam Corp.
- Lumentum Holdings Inc.
- Luxtera Inc.
- M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc.
- MaxLinear Inc.
- Mellanox Technologies Ltd.
- Menara Networks, a sholly-owned subsidiary of IPG Photonics Corp.
- Microsemi Corp.
- Molex Inc., a subsidiary of Koch Industries
- MoSys Inc.
- MultiPhy Ltd.
- NEC Corp.
- NeoPhotonics Corp.
- NTT Electronics Corp.
- Oclaro Inc.
- OE Solutions Co. Ltd.
- Oplink Communications LLC, a subsidiary of Molex Inc., which is a subsidiary of Koch Industries
- Optcore Technology Co. Ltd.
- ProLabs Ltd.
- Reflex Photonics Inc.
- Semtech Corp.
- Smartoptics AS
- Source Photonics Inc.
- Sumitomo Electric Industires Ltd.
- Xilinx Inc.