CREDO Receives Cabling Installation & Maintenance Innovators 2019 Gold Award for HiWire™ Active Electrical Cables (AEC)

AEC is a new class of Plug & Play 400G Interconnect to Telcos and Data Centers Supported by a Consortium of leading OEM, ODM, IC, and Test and Verification partners

San Jose, Calif., October 1, 2019 – CREDO, a global innovation leader in Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology and HiWire Active Electrical Cables (AEC), a new class of datacenter interconnect accelerating the transition to 400G, today announced that its’ AEC products have been recognized as a Gold Winner of the Cabling Installation & Maintenance Innovators Award.

“On behalf of the Cabling Installation & Maintenance Innovators Awards, I would like to congratulate CREDO on their Gold–level honoree status,” said Cabling Installation & Maintenance’s Chief Editor Patrick McLaughlin. “This competitive, unbiased program celebrates the most original and innovative products in the Industry.”

CREDO recently announced the production launch of a broad family of AECs, a high performance, affordable solution to interconnecting 100G and 400G switches, routers and servers. AECs are now available at a fraction of the cost of Active Optical Cables (AOCs).  HiWire AECs have integrated retiming, speed shifting and Forward Error Correction (FEC) making direct PAM4 to NRZ connections simple while guaranteeing a fully equalized signal at an ultra-low bit error rate.

“We are delighted at the enthusiastic reception of HiWire AECs and the industry’s support of the technology through the HiWire Consortium,” said CREDO’s Sr. Director of Product, Don Barnetson. “This new class of interconnect will help accelerate the transition to 400G by making it more robust, lower power and more affordable.”

AECs are fully Multi-Sourcing Agreement (MSA) compliant with the development of solutions for 400G and future 800G supported by the HiWire™ Consortium, a partnership of 26 companies that represent datacenters, communications, switch design and manufacturers, and cabling and interconnect suppliers.

For more information on CREDO HiWire AECs contact  hiwire@credosemi.com.  

 

About CREDO

CREDO is a leading provider of high-performance, mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for the data center, enterprise networking and high performance computing markets. CREDO's advanced Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology delivers the bandwidth scalability and end-to-end signal integrity for next-generation platforms requiring single-lane 25G, 50G, and 100G connectivity for 100G, 200G, 400G, and 800G port enabled networks.  CREDO’s HiWire™ AEC (Active Electrical Cables) deliver plug and play 400G connectivity today that is more affordable than optical solutions and more reliable than copper.

For more information, please visit  www.credosemi.com.

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Credo Corporate Contact:

Bob Eminian, Credo, bob.creor@credosemi.com

Credo Announces Production Availability of HiWire Active Electrical Cables

Robust 100G, 200G, and 400G Connectivity Demonstrations at CIOE 2019

Shenzhen, China, Sept 4, 2019 – CIOE Credo, a global innovation leader in Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology which delivers high performance, low power connectivity solutions for 100G, 400G, and 800G port enabled networks, today announced the production availability of HiWire™ Active Electrical Cables (AEC).

The initial product family includes the Credo HiWire AECs found in the table here: https://www.credosemi.com/hiwire

Visit https://www.credosemi.com/hiwire/a-range-of-solutions for more product information.

Datacenter bandwidth requirements, expanding to keep up with new artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and video workloads, have triggered an urgency to deploy 400G. Credo accelerated the development and production deployment of their HiWire AEC family to fill this need. Credo’s AECs provide plug and play, deterministic, persistent in-rack and inter-rack connections at lower cost and lower power of alternative optical approaches. Additionally, the AEC family provides system level, in-cable speedshifting providing seemless connectivity of 50G PAM4 enabled switch ports to widely available 25G NRZ based servers.

“Our Credo connectivity solutions are being widely deployed in cloud, service provider, and enterprise networks,” said Jeff Twombly, VP of Marketing and Business Development Credo. “The addition of our HiWire AECs allow system providers to move rapidly to 400G while striking a strategic balance with CapEx and OpEx.”

“12.8 Tb switch adoption is being delayed by an industrywide by the lack of available 400G optics” said Alan Weckel, principal at the 650 Group. “Credo’s HiWire AECs enable hyperscalers to adopt 12.8 Tb switches now and realize up to 50% savings in their CLOS CapEx vs. legacy 3.2 Tb solutions.”

Credo HiWire Active Electrical Cables (AEC) Demonstrations at CIOE 2019:

Credo is showcasing the AEC product family at the China International Optical Expo (CIOE 2019) in Shenzhen, China through September 7. A variety of Credo AECs will be shown in live demonstrations at the Credo booth, Booth #T61. In addition to AEC demos, attendees can experience out latest optical module and line cards demonstrations. To schedule a time to view the demonstrations at CIOE, please contact Credo at sales@credosemi.com.

About Credo

Credo is a leading provider of high performance, mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for the data center, enterprise networking and high performance computing markets. Credo’s advanced Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology delivers the bandwidth scalability and end-to-end signal integrity for next generation platforms requiring single-lane 25G, 50G, and 100G connectivity for 100G, 200G, 400G, and 800G port enabled networks. Credo’s HiWire™ Active Electrical Cables deliver plug and play 400G connectivity today that is more affordable than optical solutions and more reliable than copper. For more information, please visit: www.credosemi.com. Follow Credo on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Credo Announces the HiWire Consortium for Standardization and Certification of Active Electrical Cables (AEC)

25 leading OEM, ODM, IC, and Test and Verification partners come together to develop 
a Plug and Play interconnect standard for the data center

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept 3, 2019Credo today announced the formation of the HiWire Consortium (https://hiwire.org/) dedicated to the standardization and certification of a new category of Active Electrical Cables (AEC).

HiWire AECs provide a full solution for layer 1 and 2 interconnect to deliver persistent and deterministic connectivity necessary for the next generation of data centers as the industry moves to 400G and beyond.

The founding companies of the HiWire Consortium are:

Accton Technology Corp. (TPE: 2345)

Alpha Networks, Inc. (TPE: 3380)

Arrcus, Inc.

Barefoot Networks (an Intel Company) (NASDAQ: INTC)

Bizlink Technology, Inc. (TPE: 3665)

Cameo Communications, Inc. (TPE: 6142)

Canaan Creative Co., Ltd.

Centec Networks, Inc.

Chelsio Communications, Inc.

Credo

Dell EMC (NYSE: DELL)

Delta Electronics, Inc. (TPE: 2308)

Edom Technology Co, Ltd. (TPE: 3048)

Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd (Foxlink) (TPE: 2392)

Innovium, Inc.

Inventec Corporation (TPE: 2356)

Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE: JNPR)

Keysight (NYSE: KEYS)

Quanta Computer Inc. (TPE: 2382)

Senao Networks, Inc. (TPE: 3558)

Spirent Communication Plc (OTCMKTS: SPMYY)

Steligent Information Technologies Co., Ltd.

Wistron Corporation (TPE: 3231)

Wistron NeWeb Corp (WNC) (TPE: 6285)

Wiwynn Corporation (TPE: 6669)

The HiWire Consortium is dedicated to the establishment and ongoing development of an AEC standard that defines a specific implementation of the many industry MSAs and a formal certification process. This will enable an ecosystem of trusted Plug and Play AECs, available from multiple sources, for the hyperscale data center, telecom and enterprise markets.

Credo

“We are delighted and humbled by the widespread support for Credo and the HiWire Consortium,” said Bill Brennan, CEO of Credo. “The founding members all share a desire for thinner, longer and more reliable interconnect solutions. The consortium provides the framework to deliver a robust supply of interoperable solutions for 400G and beyond.”

Barefoot (An Intel Company)

“As new high-performance software workloads hit the network, the availability of reliable, low cost 400G interconnect is crucial,” said Ed Doe, vice president in Intel’s Connectivity Group and general manager of the Barefoot Division. “The HiWire Consortium will go a step beyond MSAs and deliver to the datacenter what they have demanded from the start – truly interoperable interconnect solutions from a broad vendor base which will accelerate the adoption of our 12.8 Tbps P4-programmable Barefoot Ethernet switch series.”

The Linley Group

“400G Ethernet represents a very challenging transition for the networking industry.” said Bob Wheeler, Principal Analyst at The Linley Group. “Creating a specific implementation and formal certification program around the many industry MSAs and standards is key to enabling trusted cables from multiple sources.”

HiWire Consortium members will collaborate to develop and formalize the HiWire AEC product specification and certification process as well as a 3rd party certification lab to enable full interoperability of AECs from multiple sources. Additional information on the HiWire Consortium is available at https://hiwire.org/

Industry Quotes

ODM Members

Accton

“Accton has been an enthusiastic early adopter of HiWire AEC cables to support reliable interconnect and enable customer deployment of 12.8Tb switches.” said Michael Lane, VP R&D Engineering, Accton. “The HiWire Consortium will ensure the development of a robust ecosystem of fully interoperable AEC Cables to support our planned scale-out of 400G.”

Delta

“AEC Cables offer an unparalleled value when compared to 400G optical solutions.” Said Dennis Chao, sr. Director of marketing, Delta. “Joining the HiWire Consortium as a founding member allows us to define an interoperability standard that will greatly reduce our qualification costs in the future.”

QCT

“HiWire AEC cables are key to enabling our broad portfolio of 400G products and enabling interconnectivity to legacy NRZ-based switches and NICs.” Said Mike Yang, Sr. VP of Quanta Computer and President of Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT). “We’re excited to see the HiWire Consortium get in front of the interoperability issue and help reduce the effort for QCT to diversify our AEC supply base in the future.”

OEM / Silicon Members

Centec Networks

“Reliable, cost effective 400G interconnect is key to the success of 12.8Tb switches.” said Wei Cheng, Director, Technical Marketing, Centec Networks. “HiWire AECs offer a reliable, cost-effective solution to drive 400G adoption in China and the HiWire consortium is key to developing a broad, interoperable supply base to support the enormous demand we see for 12.8T.”

Chelsio Communications

“Smart NICs have become essential to interconnect scalability in the data center but bridging the variety of NIC and switch interconnects has become a challenge to our customers.” Said Kianoosh Naghshineh, President and CEO, Chelsio Communications. “Standardizing HiWire AEC’s speed shifting technology through the HiWire Consortium will allow NICs and switches to move at their natural lifecycles and maximize choice for our customers.”

Juniper

“The 400G advancements in the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet working group and module MSA groups provide what is needed for interoperable interconnects, but there is still possibility for misconfiguration,” said Jeffery J. Maki, Distinguished Engineer II at Juniper Networks. “The HiWire Consortium’s focus on building a specification and accompanying certification framework will be key for assuring ‘plug and play’ functionality.”

Innovium

“Innovium delivered the industry’s first programmable low-latency PAM4 based switch silicon for up to 12.8Tbps performance and has been engaged in extensive interop testing with different connectivity options,” said Amit Sanyal, VP of Product Management & Marketing at Innovium. “It is important for the industry to provide trusted, deterministic, multisource, plug and play connectivity solutions. We look forward to collaborating with the HiWire Consortium to develop an AEC standard and certification process.”

Test and Verification Members

Keysight

“Our customers are looking for a broader level of consistency and interoperability in 400GE cable products,” said Charles Seifert, senior manager, product development for Keysight Technologies. “Keysight is excited to work with other HiWire Consortium members to improve current interoperability and enable the validation of future specifications and products with our portfolio of test equipment.”

Steligent

“400G and PAM4 are proving to be a difficult transition for the networking industry requiring much more system qualification work than previous standards.” Said Semin Wu, CEO of Steligent. “The HiWire Consortium will help build confidence in the 400G ecosystem and enable a level of interoperability not previous achieved.”

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About Credo

Credo is a leading provider of high performance, mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for the data center, enterprise networking and high-performance computing markets. Credo’s advanced Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology delivers the bandwidth scalability and end-to-end signal integrity for next generation platforms requiring single-lane 25G, 50G, and 100G connectivity for 100G, 200G, 400G, and 800G port enabled networks. Credo’s HiWire™ Active Electrical Cables deliver plug and play 400G connectivity today that is more affordable than optical solutions and more reliable than copper. For more information, please visit: www.credosemi.com. Follow Credo on LinkedIn and Twitter.