The Network Systems Design Conference is opening its doors in San Jose today. In a recent discussion with EZchip's Amir Eyal and TeraChip's Gadi Lahat and Derek Granath, the conversation moved to the conference and observations of how it has changed. Observations include:
Evolving from a processor focus to covering a broad tapestry of networking silicon--from switch fabrics, serial interfaces, backplanes, storage devices, and wireless silicon, last year's NSDC showed signs of a recovering attendance. General-purpose processors are out, while those targeting specific market segments are in.
While the focus broadened, in some cases the industry contracted. For example, just a few years ago, TeraChip's competitors numbered 22--today there is only a handful. Also of note is the fact that quality of service, queuing, and prioritization capabilities are finally in place to allow Ethernet to deliver multiple services in a robust manner.
Now as the market is just beginning to heat up--albeit slowly--a green light on product intros seems to be spurring customers to talk about projects moving forward within the quarter rather than six months down the road.
Stay tuned for a show wrap later this week.