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10GE Survey: TEMs Rate PHY, Switch & Optical Suppliers
10Gbit/s Ethernet (10GE) is now a mainstream technology, and 10GE ports have been available for more than a decade. Over that period, the cost and real estate required per port has reduced substantially. Optical interfaces still dominate shipments, but the use of copper interfaces is growing quickly, with coax continuing to be used in the data center and a shift to twisted pair in both the data center and enterprise.

Physical layer (PHY) devices have been developed over the last decade to support 10GE optical interfaces and over the last five years to support 10GE over coax and twisted pair copper. There are now more than 15 10GE PHY vendors and six or seven vendors with 10GBase-T PHY devices for twisted pair copper. The introduction of highly integrated 10GE switch devices with up to 96 10GE ports accelerated the shift to 10GE. There are now four vendors shipping these highly integrated devices, although one vendor has pulled out of the race.

The success of the 10GE market has been driven by innovation from both optical module and silicon vendors. Looking forward, the position of the market leaders seems assured. The results of our survey suggest that the market leaders are delivering the service and products required by their customers. To compete, non-leading vendors must focus on niche products or look to build a strong market position for 40GE and 100GE PHY devices. Several of the smaller companies, including PHY vendors Cortina and NetLogic and optical module vendors NeoPhotonics and Opnext, are already doing this.

10GE Survey: TEMs Rate PHY, Switch & Optical Suppliers analyzes the use of 10GE PHY, switch and optical components by telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs), based on an exclusive survey of engineers, designers, product managers and sales/marketing personnel from telecom and networking system equipment manufacturers around the world. The survey responses make it clear that these devices are critical components in many types of networking equipment, from the access edge to the core of the network.

Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
Table of Contents (cci0411toc.pdf)
10GE ports are now widely deployed in networking equipment, from the edge to the core of the network. As shown in the following excerpt, the most common systems with 10GE ports are metro Ethernet equipment, Sonet/SDH multiservice provisioning platforms (MSPPs) and Ethernet access equipment. Most types of enterprise and carrier equipment support 10GE ports.
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Companies mentioned in this report include: Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (Nasdaq: AMCC); Aquantia Corp.; Avanex Corp.; Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM); ClariPhy Communications Inc.; Civcom Inc.; Cortina Systems Inc.; Emcore Corp. (Nasdaq: EMKR); Eoptolink Technology Inc. Ltd.; Finisar Corp. (Nasdaq: FNSR); Fujitsu Ltd. (OTC: FJTSY); Gennum Corp. (TSX: GND); Gigalight Technology Co. Ltd.; Hitachi Ltd. (NYSE: HIT); Intersil Corp. (Nasdaq: ISIL); JDS Uniphase Corp. (Nasdaq: JDSU); Lightwire Inc.; Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (Nasdaq: MRVL); Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (Nasdaq: MXIM); Mellanox Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: MLNX); Menara Networks Inc.; MergeOptics GmbH; Mindspeed Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: MSPD); Multiplex Inc.; NeoPhotonics Corp.; NetLogic Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: NETL); Oclaro Inc. (Nasdaq: OCLR); OE Solutions Co. Ltd.; Oplink Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: OPLK); Opnext Inc.; PMC-Sierra Inc. (Nasdaq: PMCS); PLX Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: PLXT); SolarFlare Communications Inc.; Source Photonics Inc.; Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd.; Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE: TXN); Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. (Pink Sheets: VTSS); and Wuhan Telecommunication Devices Co. Ltd.
Total pages: 16
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