March 12, 2020
San Diego, CA, USA

Hilton San Diego Gaslamp
401 K St
(across from the SD Convention Center)

OIF is hosting a half-day workshop, open to the public, featuring subject matter experts from the OIF and thought leaders in the industry.

Do electrical interfaces hit the wall beyond 112 Gbps? Is 224 Gbps possible? What is a useful reach? Does copper have a future?

The OIF has a long history of developing electrical interface specifications known as Common Electrical I/O (CEI) Implementation Agreements that have been the foundation for almost every industry standards group. In this workshop, industry leaders from OIF member companies and others will address these questions and discuss the needs for next generation interoperable electrical IO rates as well as some of the challenges and possible technical options to make these rates possible. The workshop will include a brief summary of OIF’s existing and in-process electrical IO work.

The first half of this workshop will focus on the industry view and need for the next generation electrical interconnects, including networking trends and cloud scale applications. The second portion will include presentations and discussion on the technical challenges and directions that could be considered to realize interoperable next generation common electrical IOs that balance density, power, reach and risk.


    • 12:00pm-12:30pm – Badge Pick-up and Box Lunches
    • 12:30pm-12:40pm – Introduction and OIF CEI Overview – Nathan Tracy, OIF President and TE Connectivity
    • 12:40pm-1:30pm – End Users’ Perspective – Srinivas Venkataraman, Facebook; Sara Zebian, Google
    • 1:30pm-2:15pm – Equipment Developers’ Perspective – Andy Bechtolsheim, Arista; Rakesh Chopra, Cisco
    • 2:15pm-2:30pm – Coffee break
    • 2:30pm-3:00pm – Optics and co-packaging – Richard Grzybowski, MACOM
    • 3:00pm-3:30pm – Switch Developer – Kapil Shrikhande, Innovium
    • 3:30pm-4:20pm – SERDES, Modulation and FEC – Adam Healey, Broadcom, Inc; Mike Li, Intel
    • 4:20pm-4:50pm – Improved Copper Components and Channels – Dave Helster, TE Connectivity
    • 4:50pm – Wrap-up
    • Informal Networking at local bar/grill (TBD) following wrap-up.


    • Registration fee for OIF Members: $150.00. OIF Members click HERE to register.
    • Registration fee for Non-Members/General Public: $200.00. Non-Members click HERE to register.
    • Late Fee: Additional fee of $25.00 USD will be charged after March 6, 2020. Contact Kimberly Naughton at for late registration (based on available space).
    • To cancel registration and receive a refund (less 10% service fee), contact Kimberly Naughton at no later than March 6, 2020.