The Ethernet Alliance, a global consortium dedicated to the continued success and advancement of Ethernet technologies, today revealed details of its upcoming exhibit at booth #1415 during the 2024 Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC). The premier global optical communications and networking expo will be held at the San Diego Convention Center, Calif., March 26-28, 2024. 

With 20 industry-leading Ethernet Alliance members in attendance, and one of the organization’s most popular interoperability demos, the organization’s OFC 2024 installation showcases Ethernet’s exceptional versatility and reliability at speeds of up to 800 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE). The installation incorporates a wide range of switches, routers, interconnects, and interfaces including OSFP, QSFP-DD, QSFP, and SFP pluggable form factors. The demo also features the latest in test and measurement solutions including physical layer and traffic generation tools for ensuring Ethernet's capacity for accommodating even the most demanding applications. 

“Ethernet continues to be the workhorse of today's ever-evolving networking ecosystem. With a seemingly endless capacity for adaptation, it effortlessly handles diverse workloads ranging from enterprise and home wired connectivity, to hyperscaler artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) applications,” said Peter Jones, chair, Ethernet Alliance. "As the need for enhanced processing power and data capacity surges, Ethernet's signature dependability and seamless interoperability are redrawing the boundaries of technology innovation.” 

With one of its largest contingents of participating member companies, the Ethernet Alliance OFC 2024 exhibit includes contributions from Alphawave Semi; AMD; Amphenol Corporation; Anritsu Corporation; Arista Networks Inc.; Cisco Systems Inc.; EXFO; Hyper Photonix Ltd.; Juniper Networks; Keysight Technologies Inc.; Marvell Technology Inc.; MultiLane, Inc.; Panduit; Spectra7 Microsystems, Inc.; Spirent Communications plc; Synopsys, Inc.; TE Connectivity Ltd.; Teledyne LeCroy Inc./Xena Networks Inc.; VeEX, Inc.; and Wilder Technologies, LLC. 

As the leading industry voice of Ethernet, the Ethernet Alliance is also offering a look at the latest in Linear Pluggable Optics (LPO) at its OFC 2024 booth. Featuring state-of-the-art solutions from various member companies, the display illustrates how LPO technologies extend the reach and capacity of Ethernet networks by enabling high-speed optical connectivity between devices while maintaining compatibility with Ethernet standards and protocols.

Alongside top industry leaders, the organization will also be participating in OFCnet, a high-capacity network providing connectivity between the OFC 2024 expo floor and external sites. First introduced in 2022, the live network facilitates booth-to-booth connectivity for on-site demonstrations, as well as connections to national research and education networks, and spotlights emerging technologies including quantum networking, networking for big data, and other applications.

Debuting at OFC 2024 is the latest edition of the Ethernet Alliance Ethernet Roadmap. Newly updated for 2024, the industry’s only Ethernet roadmap addresses the latest developments in AI/ML; time-sensitive networking; and the full spectrum of Ethernet speeds from 1 GbE to 800 GbE. The Ethernet Roadmap covers the pressing issue of sustainability and related developments over the last decade. Complimentary copies of the 2024 roadmap will be available at the Ethernet Alliance’s exhibit at booth #1415 as well as available for download at its website.