The 100G CRL4 Alliance is a standard setting effort open to all participants and designed specifically to create an industry standard around the specific product requirements for the next-generation data centers using 100G optical transceivers at a reach of up to 2km. Unlike traditional Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) efforts, Intel has formed an Alliance that does not require legal agreements, fees, intellectual property or other restrictions in order to participate. It may evolve into an MSA at some point and combine with other MSA efforts but time is not on the industry’s side and the situation is becoming urgent.

Mario Paniccia, Intel Fellow and GM of the Silicon Photonics Solutions Group commented, “We are pleased to help the industry on developing an Open specification for this optical link. We were surprised at how strong of a response we received. In the span of only 2 weeks, 26 companies announced they will participate in the Alliance. The list continues to grow and includes big cloud system operators, switching system companies, and optical transceiver companies from majors to startups.

Several supporters could not lend their public support in time for the announcement. The Alliance is open to all to participate in and is in line with the current “open” trends in the data center industry”.