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OFC 2024: OIF brings 47 members to its next-gen network interoperability demo

The OIF booth at OFC 2023

47 OIF member companies will participate in interoperability demonstrations at OFC 2024 (Image from OIF's demo at OFC 2023, credit: OIF)

OIF is to bring a record-setting 47 member companies to OFC 2024 in San Diego from 24-28 March to showcase the interoperable solutions that could address the unprecedented demand for next-generation data centre networking, artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) and disaggregation applications.

High-capacity optics and energy efficient interfaces

OIF’s OFC demo this year features nine new participating companies, marking a 38% increase in participants compared with the 2023 demo. The live and interactive multi-vendor demonstrations at booth #1323 will feature interoperability solutions in 800ZR, 400ZR and OpenZR+ optics, energy efficient interfaces (EEI) & co-packaging, common electrical I/O (CEI) channels and common management interface specification (CMIS) implementations that are addressing the speed, power and density challenges that are set to define the industry landscape for the next decade.

Who are the participating companies?

The demonstrations will spotlight the collaborative efforts of system, component, and test equipment vendors to advance technology adoption in both present and future networks. Participating member companies are Adtran; Alphawave Semi; Amphenol; Anritsu; AOI; Astera Labs; Ayar Labs; Broadcom; Cadence Design Systems; Casela Technologies; CICT/Accelink; Ciena; Cisco Systems; Coherent Corp.; Corning; Eoptolink; EXFO; HGGenuine; Hisense; Infinera; Juniper Networks; Keysight Technologies; Lessengers; Linktel Technologies; Lumentum; Luxshare-Tech; Macom Technology Solutions; Marvell; Molex; MultiLane; NEC; Nokia; Nubis Communications, Inc.; O-Net Technologies; Optomind; Precision Optical Technologies; Quantifi Photonics; Samtec; Semtech; Senko Advanced Components; Sumitomo Electric Industries; Synopsys; TE Connectivity; US Conec; Viavi Solutions; Wilder Technologies and Wistron.

Mike Klempa, OIF Physical & Link Layer Interoperability Working Group Chair and Alphawave Semi says: “OFC 2024 serves as an unparalleled platform for OIF members to spotlight their collaborative efforts in driving the evolution of optical networking solutions. This year’s historic, largest-ever interoperability demonstration not only underscores the capabilities of OIF member companies in addressing the industry’s pressing demands, but will also unveil multiple industry-firsts, once again positioning OIF and its work as driving the industry and designing real solutions for pressing network challenges.”

Fibre Systems recently spoke to Nathan Tracy / TE Connectivity and OIF president, and Jeff Hutchins / Ranovus and OIF Physical and Link Layer (PLL) Working Group (WG) Energy Efficient Interfaces (EEI) Vice Chair about OIF's work on interoperable energy-efficient electrical and optical interfaces. Find out what they had to say.

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