Kandou engineers are proposing the company's technology in three standards groups. Two I/O veterans now working for Kandou are trying to start a new work group at the Optical Internetworking Forum, proposing it use the Kandou technology as the basis for a 56 Gbit/s SerDes standard.
Kandou is also proposing its technology for a version of the 400 Gbit/s backplane being defined at the IEEE 802.3bj group. It would use eight 50G links rather than the current 16 x 25G interconnects, competing with a proposal to use PAM4 modulation.
Also, at Jedec, Kandou will propose its technology for the LPDDR5 standard. The proposal could be submitted as early as March.
The startup raised a $10 million round of capital in 2012 and aims to raise another round for an undetermined amount sometime this summer. It's Shokrollahi's second startup; he formed Digital Fountain around a coding scheme for broadcasting data and sold the company to Qualcomm in 2009.
Kandou's Chord technique spreads more data across more wires than today's differential signaling method.
— Rick Merritt, Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, EE Times