DesignCon 2015: 16 takeaways - Embedded.com

DesignCon 2015: 16 takeaways

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Once a year I catch up with a community of high-speed interface engineers at DesignCon. Here's what I learned this time at the annual show.

  • Everyone believes we will get to 56 Gbit/second boards, but no one knows how or at what cost
  • The growing complexity of high-speed board design is forcing everyone to the table
  • Silicon photonics based on wavelength-division multiplexing holds great promise, but will not be widely used in 2015
  • Optical backplanes will be big, maybe at DesignCon 2025
  • Startup Credo Semiconductor is punching ahead of its weight in the fight to 56G
  • The new generation of engineers coming up are wonderful
  • And the old farts still have a lively sense of humor

So here’s my trip report from DesignCon 2015, sprinkled with a few random faces, sights and Powerpoint slides from the show floor and conference rooms. Come take a look.

DesignCon's official mascot, Chiphead, and marcom specialist Andrea Vedanayagam welcomed me to the show.

DesignCon’s official mascot, Chiphead, and marcom specialist Andrea Vedanayagam welcomed me to the show.

To read more of this external content and to view more slides, go to: “56G takes a village.

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