CIOE: Big Asia Conference; Massive Attendance

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Mellanox Debuts 25G AOCs and SR SFP28 Transceivers

September hosted the China International Optoelectronic Exposition (CIOE) in Shenzhen, China and had over 60,000 attendees interested in optical technologies, networking and data center systems.


Mellanox had a booth with a live demonstration rack in the configuration shown above showcasing 25G SR transceivers and 25G AOCs both of which are very popular in APAC for linking compute servers and storage subsystems to Top-of-Rack switches.  In many cases, 25G optical technologies are the preferred interconnect versus using copper DAC point-to-point and break out cables. Advantages are increased airflow from thinner cables, easier maintenance, and for reaches as far as 100m which enables placing systems components virtually anywhere inside most data centers.

The rapid adoption of 25G & 100G in APAC shows that APAC data center operators are modernizing their data centers at a very fast clip in preparing for the “data tsunami” created by social media, on-line shopping, big data and web access.


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Mellanox booth at CIOE, Shenzhen, China


“LinkX Rack & Roll” Demo Chassis – Blinking Lights–Always Draw a Crowd!


The newly designed “LinkX Rack” was a big hit and is extremely successful in telling our story of Mellanox as an industry leader in 25, 50 and 100G Ethernet interconnects for Data Centers.  Displayed was our full line of 25G, 50G and 100G DAC cables and breakouts; 25G & 100G AOCs; and 25G SR & 100G SR4 multi-mode transceivers in static and live demos.


Also featured was our new 25G SR transceiver and 25G AOC which are becoming very popular for server uplinks, storage and network appliance applications. While most competitors had only static displays of cables and transceivers, Mellanox showed new 25G/100G-based cables and transceivers working in live demos running in several end-to-end configurations.


Mellanox CIOE Team and LinkX “Rack & Roll” Display Rack



LinkX Product Line Static Display: DAC, AOCs, & Transceivers


Our LinkX static display showed the full line of copper DAC and AOCs cables as well as both multi-mode and single-mode transceivers and port adapters. What many do not know is that almost all of these cables and transceivers are designed and manufactured by Mellanox including the control ICs and Silicon Photonics chips.


Live Demos: End-to-End Switch, Adapter, and Interconnect Display

These events give Mellanox a chance to show not only cables and transceivers but various types of our Ethernet switches and network adapters such as:

  • SN2410: 48-port 25GbE + 8-port 100GbE Open Ethernet Top-of-Rack Switch
  • SN2100: Half-Width 16-port Non-blocking 100GbE Open Ethernet Switch
  • ConnectX-4 single + dual port 25/50/100G network adapters combinations
  • 25/50/100G Direct Attach Cables (DAC) and Active Optical Cables (AOCs)
  • 25G SR and 100G SR4, multi-mode transceivers
  • 100G LR4 10Km, 1310nm, single-mode transceiver
  • 100G PSM4 2km, 1550nm, Silicon Photonics single-mode transceiver
  • 100G WDM4 2Km, 1550nm, Silicon Photonics single-mode transceiver



100G SR4 –to- Quad 25G SR Breakout Demo

For short reach applications, on display was our very popular 100G SR4 QSFP28 850nm multi-mode transceiver with a breakout fiber configuration to Quad 25G SR SFP28 transceivers.  This configuration is popular for low-cost optical implementations linking servers to Top-of-Rack switches and to storage and network appliances over distances less than 100m.  This configuration is also available in 10G/40G rates as well.


100G SR4 –to- Quad 25G SR Breakout Configuration


25G SR Transceivers and AOC Demo

Also popular is the use of individual 25G interconnect using AOCs over short reaches in areas with open cabling access while the transceiver version with duplex LC connectors is used for structured cabling when optical connectors are needed. Again, these are also available in 10G line rates.

2017 Future products on Display & Interop Demos

On display was our first showing of newly announced and future products: 25G AOCs and SR SFP28 transceivers for multi-mode, single channel applications, our new 100G LR4 10Km transceivers, and our new Silicon Photonics-based WDM4 2Km transceivers that transports four channels of 25G each, multiplexed onto only a single fiber over 2Km.


For single-mode applications, we demonstrated Mellanox 1550nm, 100G PSM4 transceivers linked over 2 Km with Innolight 1310nm PSM4 transceivers and our PSM4 with breakouts to Ligent-Hisense 1310nm 25G SFP28 LR transceivers over single-mode fiber in a quad breakout configuration.


1550nm/1310nm Interoperability Live Demo with 100G PSM4 – 25G LR

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CIOE Presentations

CIOE is both a technical as well as a marketing conference, with workshops, technical tracks, and post deadline papers. Mellanox had a booth with live demos as well as numerous speaker presentations at both conferences which will be posted on the new LinkX section on the main Mellanox website.




CIOE is both a technical as well as a marketing conference, with workshops, technical tracks, and post deadline papers. Mellanox had booths with live demos as well as numerous speaker presentations at both conferences which will be posted on the new LinkX section on the main Mellanox website.


See the LinkX cables and transceivers details and specifications on


About Brad Smith

Brad is the Director of Marketing at Mellanox, based in Silicon Valley for the LinkX cables and transceivers business focusing on hyperscale, Web 2.0, enterprise, storage and telco markets. Recently, Brad was Product Line Manager for Intel’s Silicon Photonics group for CWDM4/CLR4 and QSFP28 product lines and ran the 100G CLR4 Alliance. Director of Marketing & BusDev at OpSIS MPW Silicon Photonics foundry. President/COO of LuxSonar Semiconductors ( Cirrus Logic) and co-founder & Director of Product Marketing of NexGen, a X86-compatible CPU company sold to AMD - now the X86 product line. Brad also has ~15 years in technology market research as Vice president of the Computer Systems group at Dataquest/Gartner; VP/Chief Analyst at RHK and Light Counting networking research firms. Brad started his career at Digital Equipment near Boston with the VAX 11/780 and has served as CEO, president/COO and on the board-of-directors of three start-up companies. Brad has a BSEE degree from the University of Massachusetts; MBA from University of Phoenix and holds 2 optical patents

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