Mellanox won the Technology Innovation Award at the CIOE 2018 China International Optoelectronic Exposition, in Shenzhen, China last week for our innovations in high-speed interconnect product technologies and achievements of beginning shipments of next-generation 200Gb/s Ethernet and HDR InfiniBand optical transceivers, active optical cables (AOCs) and direct attach copper cables (DAC). While many companies are out talking about 200G and promising 400G, Mellanox has begun shipping products for 200G HDR InfiniBand and 200GbE Ethernet.
CIOE is a huge exposition held in Shenzhen each year with nearly 90,000 people visiting in the 3-day conference and trade show – up more than 20% from last year! Interest in data center systems has skyrocketed!
Low-latency Ethernet and InfiniBand interconnect are the hottest thing in high-speed computing these days, especially for Artificial Intelligence deep learning model development. Low-loss DAC cables enable reducing or disabling Ethernet FEC entirely saving upwards of 120ns for each direction in critical server links at lengths < 2 meters. InfiniBand standard practice is to run without FEC entirely for minimum latencies throughout the system. Who would think that the lowly DAC cables could have such a large system impact on latency performance at the system level!
At CIOE, we showed displays of our 200G QSFP56-based DAC and AOC cables and SR4 multi-mode transceiver for Ethernet and InfiniBand networks. Also shown was our new low-loss 25/50/100G DAC cables that enable low-latency switching and cable lengths up to 5-meters. These new cables enable support the low-loss IEEE CA-N and CA-L specification.
The 4-channel QSFP56 has more EMI shielding to support 50G PAM4 signaling, a higher thermal dissipation capability of <5Watts compared to 3.5W QSFP28 and is about a 7mm (0.25”) longer.
See Mellanox at ECOC 2018 with Keysight Technologies showing live demonstrations of our 200G SR4 transceiver and 400G DAC cables September 24-26, Rome, Italy, booth 432.
LinkX™ is the interconnect product line of cables and transceivers and part of the Mellanox “end-to-end” ecosystem including our new Spectrum2™ 200GbE Ethernet and Quantum™ InfiniBand HDR systems and ConnectX™-6 network adapters.
Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of optical transceivers and high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems. Mellanox offers a full line of 25/50/100/200Gb/s Ethernet cables and transceivers for hyperscale and datacenter applications and 100Gb/s EDR and 200Gb/s HDR for InfiniBand.
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