Edge Computing and Infrastructure Coverage from CIR

Coverage of the edge computing infrastructure, software and services markets from CIR. Our reports, forecasts and market briefs provide clients with actionable analysis of opportunities and future possibilities in this growing segment.


The Case for Near-Packaged Optics

Near-Packaged Optics (NPO) is concept that has emerged recently embodying many of the advantages of Co-packaged optics (CPO) but simpler to implement. We think that given that CPO technology is still at its earliest stages, we need a ramp up technology to get us to CPO. NPO uses a high-performance PCB substrate—an interposer—that sits on…

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The Rise of Co-Packaged Optics and the (Gradual) Decline of Pluggables

Pluggable optical modules in the way we have known them are on their way out. Co-packaged Optics is garnering a great deal of attention and while it will largely displace/replace existing concept of pluggables, this won’t happen overnight. This article provides some perspective on the transition away from pluggable optics. Currently the pluggable market remains…

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5 Reasons Why the OIF Co-Packaged Optics Framework is Significant

While early 2021 was more dramatic in terms of new co-packaged optics (CPO) products, the past year proved to be the period in which CPO took its first baby steps towards the data communications mainstream.  Two important practical developments occurred. One, which we discuss in this article, is the OIF Co-Packaged Optics Framework.  The other…

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The Need for CPO in the Latency-sensitive Data Center

Evolution of CPO in 2021 and Early 2022 Co-packaged optics (CPO) has emerged as technology of considerable interest as a platform for deploying optics in large data centers. A considerable segment of data communications sees CPO as a practical way forward to deploy 800G and above interfaces.  It is recognized by just about everybody in…

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