HiWire Consortium adds Broadcom and Microsoft

May 12, 2020
The HiWire AEC ecosystem defines Distributed, Disaggregated Chassis (DDC) architectures for cloud and service networks and is a key enabler for 400G and 800G technologies.

Today the HiWire Consortium, a non-profit corporation supporting the advancement and adoption of HiWire Active Electrical Cables (AECs), announced that Broadcom (NASDAQ: AVGO) and Microsoft have joined the consortium, bringing its membership to over 35 companies.

“HiWire AECs are a key enabling interconnect technology for the most demanding cloud and service provider environments,” notes Ram Velaga, senior vice president and general manager, Core Switching Group, Broadcom. This is especially true for systems that use the industry's highest-bandwidth switches such as Broadcom's 10Tbps Jericho2 and 26Tbps Tomahawk4.We look forward to working with the HiWire Consortium members to drive development and adoption of HiWire AECs."

The HiWire Consortium is dedicated to facilitating the development of high-quality, compatible HiWire AEC devices and promoting end-user demand for HiWire AEC products through increased public awareness of the HiWire AEC ecosystem, which defines Distributed, Disaggregated Chassis (DDC) architectures for cloud and service networks, and is a key enabler for 400G and 800G technologies.

“We’re excited by the growing engagement in the HiWire Consortium by leading users and service providers,” says Sheng Huang, President of HiWire Consortium. “We are excited to welcome Broadcom and Microsoft to the HiWire Consortium and look forward to their contribution in our work to enable an ecosystem of truly plug-&-play active electrical cables.”

HiWire Consortium founding members include Accton, Alpha Networks, Arrcus, Intel, Barefoot, BizLink, Broadcom, Cameo, Canaan, Centec, Chelsio, Credo, Dell EMC, Delta, DriveNets, EDOM Technology, FoxLink, Innovium, Inventec, Juniper, Keysight Technologies, Microsoft, Quanta Computer, QCT, Senao Networks Inc., Spirent, Steligent, UfiSpace, UL, Wistron, WNC, and wiwynn.

The organization notes that its AEC product was featured as part of the first live DDC (Distributed, Disaggregated Chassis) demonstration ever recorded.

Gerald Degrace, Head PM for Networking Hardware and Networking OS, Microsoft Azure Networking, Microsoft Corp. concludes, “High speed, low power interconnect is a critical technology in our next generation data centers. We support the HiWire Consortium’s objective of creating a true plug-&-play low-power interconnect standard and upstreaming qualification work to reduce friction in adoption of Active Electrical Cables.”

For more information, visit www.hiwire.org.

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