Center Stage at OFC 2017: Breaking New Barriers in Optical Bandwidth Density

Mar. 20, 2017

DatacenterB.pngWith OFC 2017 in full swing this week, vendors from across the optical networking industry are gathered in Los Angeles to showcase the latest and greatest products and technologies targeted for Cloud Data Centers, client access and metro and long haul applications. Across all of these apps, skyrocketing data rates are putting ever increasing pressure on data center and network operators to maximize their bandwidth density, measured in bit rate per available space and power budget. It’s no surprise then that “cost per bit” metrics will be top of mind at OFC this year.

As hundreds of millions of new subscribers and new Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure come online in the years ahead, it’s imperative that we work together to accelerate the transition to higher-performing, power and space efficient optical interconnects at 100G and beyond. OFC affords vendors and customers alike an ideal forum to compare notes and connect in-person with the community of technologists that are driving major innovations in this domain.

Cloud Data Centers are particularly affected by our collective efforts to drive down per-bit delivery costs. Whereas telecom service providers can today justify the investment in 100G technology for decades-long deployment, data center operators will initiate network upgrades every three to five years, incrementally growing their bandwidth capacity at cost structures that are 1/5 of existing infrastructure. 

MACOM at OFC 2017

MACOM has a host of product announcements and demonstrations on tap for OFC 2017, and our subject matter experts will be well represented in live presentations and panel discussions throughout the week. This year, we are excited to play what we believe is a leading role enabling the upgrade from 10G to 100G optical connectivity within Cloud Data Centers. MACOM brings to bear the proven cost structure, capacity and supply chain flexibility that achieved preeminent market share in the PON Access market, and products and platform innovation that achieved similar success with 100G technology in Long Haul, Metro and DCI networks.

All are invited to join us at booth #1736 to talk trends and learn more about our optical technology portfolio – a portfolio that’s growing quickly through intensive in-house R&D and strategic acquisitions. Speaking of which, we’re delighted to join forces with our new colleagues from Applied Micro at OFC this year, where we’ll highlight the unique value of our combined solution for 100G data center connectivity, spanning PAM-4 DSP, linear driver and linear TIA specifically designed to enable 100G per lambda transceiver modules, with a clear pathway to 400G.


OFC attendees and non-attendees alike are invited to read our newly-published Optical and Photonic Manifesto and Etched Facet Technology Manifesto, which provide a comprehensive overview of MACOM’s product initiatives and technology differentiators in the fast-moving optical networking domain. Together they provide in-depth insight into the trends we’re tracking and innovations we’re spearheading to maximize optical bandwidth density in the cloud data center and beyond.

For an overview of MACOM’s news announcements at OFC 2017, be sure to visit our News and Events page. We look forward to seeing you at the show!


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