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Semico Research Announces Impact 2015 Panel: How Do We Get to Next-Generation High Speed Data Transfer Rates?

The need for more bandwidth is continuing to drive the Internet infrastructure. Rapid growth of server, network and internet traffic is fueling the need for higher data rates. Key contributors to data demand include Internet consumer applications, cloud-based computing and storage, virtual servers, advances in scientific and financial computing and the Internet of Things. While fiber optic cables are capable of delivering data rates into terabits/sec, the main bottleneck continues to be the last critical mile solution. Deployment of FTTH (Fiber To The Home) and the emerging 60 GHz point-to-point microwave links, which enable Gb/s rates to the home, are seen as viable last mile solutions.
As a result:

  • On-board transmission rates are moving to 100 4X25-32 Gb/s per channel. IEEE standard 802.3bj standard is defining 4-lane PHY for operation over PCB backplanes.
  • The main enablers for higher data rates will include 64B/66B coding on high speed SERDES devices with ~97% efficiency; advances in phased locked loop technology; improved dielectrics with almost zero loss; improved profile free copper to reduce conductor loss; equalization and emphasis technologies such as decision feedback equalization, feed forward and adaptive equalization techniques powered by FPGAs and better connector technology.
  • Differential signaling is the preferred choice for high speed SERDES devices so as to avoid the use of higher frequency harmonics.
  • At higher frequencies (beyond 10 GHz) skew, caused by the fiber weave effect, is the biggest barrier to reaching high data rates.
  • The ability to go beyond 56 Gb/s will include the use of effective multilevel signaling techniques such as PAM 4 and mitigating and eliminating the skew generated by the fiber weave effect.

These issues will be explored during the panel "How Do We Get to Next-Generation High Speed Data Transfer Rates?" at the Semico IMPACT 2015 conference, October 13.  The panel will be comprised of Lee Ritchey, Speeding Edge; Scott McMorrow, Samtec; Geoffrey Hazelett, Polar Instruments; Daniel DeAraujo, Mentor Graphics; and a representative from Altera. Brian Fuller, Editor in Chief at ARM, will moderate this panel.
What:  Semico IMPACT 2015
When:  October 13, 2015
Where:  Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA
Visit our website for more information and to register.


For more information, contact Rick Vogelei.
Phone: (480) 435 - 8564
About Semico
Semico is a semiconductor marketing & consulting research company located in Phoenix, Arizona.
Semico was founded in 1994 by a group of semiconductor industry experts. We have improved the validity of semiconductor product forecasts via technology roadmaps in end-use markets.
Semico offers custom consulting, portfolio packages, individual market research studies and premier industry conferences. 

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