New Generation of Line Cards with Integrated Layer 1/Layer 2 Features
Advancements in serdes have lead to simpler interconnects to optics and backplanes. High speed interfaces between optics and ICs have lead to next generation ICs directly driving optics, while advances in backplane interfaces to 2.5G and 5G and beyond have reduced the cost per port on metro/access equipment. Direct interconnects on ICs to GbE and SONET transceivers are now possible.
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