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QSFP-DD MSA Group Announces Multi-Company Collaboration Plug Fest Success


Quad Small Form Factor Pluggable Double Density MSA Validation of
Members Designs

The Quad Small Form Factor Pluggable Double Density (QSFP-DD) Multi
Source Agreement (MSA) group announces the success of their mechanical
plug fest. In total, 15 of the 64 companies came together for a full day
of testing to validate the compatibility and interoperation between
member's designs. The areas of focus for this event included testing the
electrical, latching and mechanical designs all of which address the
industry need for a high-density, high-speed networking solution. A key
value proposition of QSFP-DD form factor is the backwards compatibility
with the widely adopted QSFP28. As expected, the event confirmed that
the maturity of design experience resulted in a highly successful
outcome. The private Plug Fest was hosted by MSA member, Cisco at their
headquarters in San Jose, Calif.

Established in March 2016, the QSFP-DD MSA group accepted the challenge
to meet the market demand for a next generation high-density, high-speed
pluggable backwards compatible module form factor. The MSA group has
succeeded in releasing a 3.0 Hardware specification with broad market
support that overcomes the technical challenges of specifying a QSFP28
compatible double-density interface. The QSFP-DD specification defines
mechanical, electrical, and thermal management requirements to enable
multi-vendor interoperability.

"Bringing together the expertise of our MSA companies to test the
interoperability of multiple vendors' modules, connectors, cages and DAC
cables assures a robust ecosystem," said Scott Sommers, founding member
and MSA co-chair. "We are committed to providing next-generation designs
that evolve with the changing technology landscape.''

"Through this event, the QSFP-DD MSA have provided further validation to
the industry that this form factor is ready for broad industry
adoption," said Mark Nowell, distinguished engineer, founding member and
MSA co-chair. "This builds on the previous thermal and high-speed signal
integrity validation that has been previously shared by the MSA."

It is anticipated that many MSA members will be demonstrating QSFP-DD
products at the upcoming European Conference on Optical Communication,
Sept 23rd-27th in Rome, Italy.

For more information on the QSFP-DD MSA please visit

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