Mellanox Introduces Next Generation 100Gb/s Silicon Photonics Transceivers

Live demonstration of 100Gb/s LinkX™ cables and transceivers connecting world’s highest performance end-to-end 100Gb/s solution

LOS ANGELES — (BUSINESS WIRE) — March 23, 2015 — Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today introduced three new LinkX 100Gb/s solutions with a live demonstration at the OFC 2015 Conference (Booth 2419). All LinkX 100Gb/s transceivers and cables support the high-density, low-power, QSFP28 connector-based Switch-IB™ switch platform. The Switch-IB 36-port 100Gb/s InfiniBand switch delivers 7.2Tb/s of aggregate throughput in a 1U, making it the world’s highest performance, ultra-dense end-to-end platform. The robustness, density and standard QSFP connectors and cables enables 100Gb/s networks to be as easy to deploy as 10Gb/s.

New LinkX products announced at OFC:

100Gb/s Silicon Photonics Transceivers:

At OFC 2015, Mellanox introduces its 100Gb/s 1550nm Parallel Single Mode transceiver in the QSFP28 form factor, capable of reaches up to 2km. Using a new generation of LinkX drivers, TIAs and silicon photonics chips, the low-power transceiver consumes a maximum of 3.5W, 2.5x more efficient than most 40G QSFP solutions. The new silicon photonics transceiver provides data centers with a 2km reach, high-density, low-cost solution using single mode fiber.

100Gb/s VCSEL Transceivers:

Mellanox also introduces its 100G VCSEL transceiver in the QSFP28 form factor with reaches of 100m over multi-mode fiber (MMF). New drivers and TIAs enable a low-power, low-cost solution for existing installations of OM3 or OM4 fiber. The transceiver consumes only 2.0W (maximum) with no retiming, and 2.8W (maximum) with full retiming.

100Gb/s Splitters to connect 100G ports to 25G and 50G ports:

New copper splitter breakout cables efficiently interconnect 100Gb/s QSFP28 switch ports to a new generation of high performance servers and storage appliances with 25G and 50G ports. Using zero power, they are the low-power, green solution for connectivity inside the rack.

OFC Demonstration features plug and play 100Gb/s LinkX cables and transceivers in end-to-end network using new generation of 7.2Tb/s switches and 100Gb/s adapters

At the core of the demonstration are multiple Mellanox Switch-IB EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand switches which achieve world record port-to-port latency of less than 90ns. Switch-IB has 36-ports of 100Gb/s to provide 7.2Tb/s of switching capacity and ultra-low latency and power consumption. Compared to the previous generation of InfiniBand switches, Switch-IB delivers nearly twice the throughput per port with half the latency.

Also demonstrated are Mellanox’s ConnectX-4 100Gb/s interconnect adapters which deliver 10, 20, 25, 40, 50, 56 and 100Gb/s throughput supporting both the InfiniBand and the Ethernet standard protocols. ConnectX®-4 adapters provide the flexibility to connect any CPU architecture – x86, GPU, POWER, ARM, FPGA and more. With world-class performance at 150 million messages per second, latency of 0.7usec, and smart acceleration engines such as RDMA, GPUDirect and SR-IOV, ConnectX-4 enables the most efficient compute and storage platforms.

To ensure that all LinkX cables and transceivers work the first time and every time, Mellanox subjects its products to a full system test in a stressed environment. Network engineers don’t have to waste time debugging a new installation with untested products. With LinkX products, installation experts can bring up new clusters fast, with fewer interconnect problems and higher quality and signal integrity.

All commercial versions of LinkX interconnect products endure full system testing to Bit Error Rate (BER) 10-15 in order to maximize overall data center performance. BER 10-15 provides 1,000X fewer transmission errors than many competing products. Fewer transmission errors translate to fewer retries, higher system performance, and more revenue generating traffic.

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About Mellanox

Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability. Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software, cables and silicon that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high-performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services. More information is available at www.mellanox.com .

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