This IDC Market Perspective discusses significant developments in the switch silicon market. The scope of the discussion covers vendor offerings, technology trends, features, supply chain including system OEMs and ODMs, and end-user requirements including those for hyperscale cloud service providers, datacenter operators, enterprise IT, and telecommunications service providers.
"Ethernet connectivity speeds have been increasing from 10Gbps to 40Gbps, followed by the 25Gbps single-lane standard, and advancements in SerDes technology to 50Gbps are driving switch silicon road maps at the high end. While aggregate capacity and programmability are key for hyperscale cloud operators, built-in features and turnkey solutions are important for enterprise datacenters, SMB, and the telco market." — Abhi Dugar, research director, IDC's Advanced Technology for Intelligent Connected Systems