Five More Tough DesignCon Questions

-January 10, 2013

Got DesignCon questions? Last week, I put forth five questions I'd like answered at the electronics industry's go-to conference covering all aspects of chip, board, and system design. Here are five more:

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When do we get to 440-Gbit/s Ethernet?

Later this year, a group of Ethernet experts will convene to start work on a next big step for this dominant network technology—a move to a 400 Gbit/s standard. To get there at all requires 28 Gbit/s serdes just now coming to market. To get there with some elegance will take signaling circuits that run faster than 40 Gbits/s, something that doesn’t exist today.

Can we get there? How and when? These are top questions to get perspective on at DesignCon. I hope to catch up with Adam Healy, a veteran SerDes expert with LSI Corp. Healy will present at a session about modulation schemes for just such products. He'll be followed by a talk from Altera on channel issues in the same beyond-25G territory.

In a related paper, IBM will talk about terahertz-class designs based on chain ganging multiple high speed serdes together for its top servers. It may not relate directly to 40G+ work, but I guarantee it will be interesting and the engineers there will have some thoughts on the topic.

Links to sessions mentioned above:

Beyond 28G paper on modulation by LSI

Beyond 25G: Channel paper by Altera

IBM paper on multiple high speed serdes “terabit class” design

Modeling at rates beyond 10 GHz

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