Analyst: 10G controller, adapter shipments dip for 2nd straight quarter

However, Dell'Oro Group calls 10GBase-T "a bright spot for Intel."

A newly published report by Dell’Oro Group reveals that 10Gbps Ethernet controller and adapter shipments have contracted for the second consecutive quarter. This represents the first consecutive decline in the seven years of reporting the market, says the analyst firm.

The controller and adapter report analyzes the timing and impact of the availability of lower priced 10Gbps switches, depletion of excess inventory and the introduction of Intel’s new server platform named Ivy Bridge. Notwithstanding the decline, shipments of 10GBase-T climbed to over 10% of overall market shipments, reveals the data.

“Continued softness in the server market, slow depletion of 10Gbps inventory built up in the first half of 2012, combined with the persistent interest in 1Gbps, contributed to the weakness in 10 Gbps shipments,” comments Sameh Boujelbene, senior analyst covering the controller and adapter market at Dell’Oro Group. “In contrast, 10GBase-T products from Intel flew off the shelf to both large and small server manufacturers.”

The Dell’Oro Group's Controller and Adapter Quarterly Report provides complete, in-depth coverage of the market with tables covering manufacturers’ revenue, average selling prices, unit, and port shipments (by speed 1 Gbps, 10 Gbps, and 40 Gbps) for Ethernet and Fibre Channel Over Ethernet (FCoE) controllers. The report also includes coverage on InfiniBand controllers and adapters.

See also: 10GBase-T: The 10-GbE tipping point?

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