Interconnect technology, the nervous system for any computing, networking, and consumer device, transfers control messages and data within the system and ensures there are no choke points. Increasing bandwidth and the unique requirements of data centers, networking, computing, storage, and embedded systems are driving a host of interconnect technologies. With these diverse requirements and competing stakeholders, interconnects are likely to be specialized for the target applications. At the same time, several of these interconnects will lose out or become niche solutions.
The new edition of "A Guide to High-Speed Interconnects" examines the leading high-speed interconnect technologies—including PCI Express (PCIe) switches, RapidIO switches, PHYs for 40G Ethernet (40GbE) and 100G Ethernet (100GbE), active optical cables for Ethernet, and Light Peak technologies. The report provides an unbiased analysis of their strengths, future potential, and projected market position. In addition, within each interconnect, we examine the key vendors offering silicon products. Within each interconnect we analyze market leaders and their products as well as identify technology leaders. We provide market forecast and share our picks for future winners in each established interconnect segment.
Vendors covered include Alpen, Altera, Aprius, Avago, Cortina, Ensphere, Finisar, IDT, Intel, IPtronics, Luxtera, Mercury, NetLogic Microsystems, NextIO, Pericom, PLX Technology, Semtech, Texas Instruments, Tyco, Virtensys, and Xilinx.
Changes within the interconnect market are likely to introduce disconnects and present opportunities for new leaders to emerge in the affected interconnects. These changes include the adoption of Light Peak, MR-IOV, 40GbE/100GbE, PCI Express Gen2 and changing architectures within the data center.