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Web-scale data center operator demand for 100G solutions between 500m and 2km will soon be satisfied. Expect market fragmentation due to numerous non-interoperable transceivers being introduced. Such fragmentation presents opportunities for new entrants and technologies.


  • Intense price pressures will persist in the 100G data center transceiver market even though suppliers are not able to benefit from growing volumes. The hypercompetitive environment is an important factor that will drive down prices.

Features and Benefits

  • Learn why fragmentation in the 100G data center transceiver market is expected to persist for the forseeable future
  • Identify some low-cost silicon photonics solutions for this application.

Key questions answered

  • Which web-scale 100G transceiver solutions will be first to market?
  • Why is it important to be first to market with web-scale 100G optical transceivers?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Fragmentation obscures traditional cost reduction path
  • Fragmentation to continue for foreseeable future
  • Cut costs and be vigilant


  • Further reading
  • Author

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