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Microsoft, Facebook form Co-Packaged Optics collaboration

Friday 15 March 2019 | 11:35 CET | News

Microsoft and Facebook formed the Co-Packaged Optics (CPO) Collaboration under the Joint Development Foundation. The CPO's goal is the adoption of common design elements that will provide guidance for suppliers in the design and manufacturing of co-packaged optics. CPO's intention over time is to enable an open and diverse ecosystem.

The collaboration intends to provide open specifications for design elements, including the electrical signaling interface, optical standard, optical module management interface and reliability requirements. When complete, the open specifications will enable the industry to create a set of products involving switch and ASIC manufacturers, optics suppliers, CMs and others that will create the final package which can then be attached to the switch PCB. The collaboration targeted the 51T switch generation as the tipping point for industry adoption of co-packaged optics.

The CPO Collaboration will evaluate and adopt open, technical products submitted by switch and optical suppliers. The collaboration will be looking for comprehensive proposals covering the complete products including packaging.



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Categories: Fixed
Companies: Facebook / Microsoft
Countries: World
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