ANAHEIM, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As it completes its first full year of operation, the Consortium for On-Board Optics (COBO) has grown to 45 members and is driving towards standardization for onboard optics for high speed data center networks.
The organization was founded to develop a set of industry standards to facilitate interchangeable and interoperable optical modules that can be mounted or socketed on a network switch or network controller motherboard. Modules based on the COBO standard are expected to reduce the size of the front-panel optical interfaces to facilitate higher port density and also to be more power efficient because they can be placed closer to the network switch chips.
“COBO’s work is important to make the leap to faster networks with the density needed by today’s data centers. COBO’s mission is a game-changer for the industry, and we’re thrilled with the growth and impact our member organizations have been able to achieve in just one year,” said Brad Booth, president of COBO. “We believe 2016 will be an important year as we drive to create standards for the data center market while investigating specifications for other market spaces.”
Also this month, COBO members will present “Optics Inside the Datacenter - Is COBO the Next Big Thing or Just Another Thing?” at the 2016 OSA Executive Forum at the Hilton in Anaheim, Calif. The panel will take place March 21 at 3:15 pm and participants will include Oclaro Chief Commercial Officer, Adam Carter; Microsoft Azure Networking Principal Architect, Brad Booth; TE Connectivity Senior Director, Product Management, Optics, Thomas Giunta; and Broadcom Limited Technical Director, Rob Stone.
COBO members will also speak on a panel at the OFC conference, happening March 20-24 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. The panel entitled “COBO - What It Is and Why You Should Care?” will take place March 23 at 10:30 am, with panelists including Microsoft Azure Networking Principal Architect, Brad Booth; Intel Director, Strategic Marketing & Business Development, Robert Blum; Juniper Networks Distinguished Engineer II, Jeffery Maki; and Arista Networks VP Manufacturing and Platform Engineering, Christophe Metivier. The panel will be moderated by Cisco Senior Director, Engineering, Mark Nowell.