The Open Eye Consortium announces the establishment of its Multi-Source Agreement (MSA), outlining its intentions to regulate advanced specifications for optical modules with lower latency, better power efficiency and more affordable costing, targeting up to 400Gbps for PAM-4 datacentre optical interconnects, over single-mode and multimode fibre. Further to this, there are the hopes of the continual optimisation and simplification of clock and data recovery (CDR), and digital signal processing (DSP) architectures.

Minimising the need for digital signal processing in optical modules has many advantages including significantly lowering latency, power consumption and cost, as mentioned earlier. This weaves into the Open Eye Consortium’s commitment to investing its engineering resources into the development of an industry-standard optical interconnect that leverages component interoperability among a broad group of respective technology providers, including providers of electronics, lasers and optical components.

Promoters include: Applied Optoelectronics Inc., Cambridge Industries (CIG), Color Chip, Juniper Networks, Luxshare-ICT, MACOM, Mellanox, Molex and Semtech Corporation. 

Contributors include: Accelink, Cloud Light Technology, InnoLight, Keysight Technologies, Maxim Integrated, O-Net, Optomind, Source Photonics and Sumitomo Electric.

“LightCounting forecasts that the sales of next-generation Ethernet products will exceed 500 million U.S. dollars in 2020,” says Dale Murray, principal analyst at LightCounting: “However, this is only possible if suppliers can meet customer requirements for cost and power consumption. The new Open Eye MSA addresses both of these critical requirements. Having low latency is an extra bonus that HPC and AI applications will benefit from.”

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