@Rick Merritt: it was good to see you at GreenNet last week in the City.
Question: what is the Ethernet PMD for the switch? RJ-45? If that is the case, then your statement needs revision:
"Switch X consumes about 2W per 56 Gbit/s Infiniband port, 1.5W on 40GE ports and 0.62W on 10GE ports. That's about on par with competing Ethernet devices some of which require external physical layer components that the Switch X integrates."
Because the 10Gig RJ45 ports today consume more than 5W.
If Switch X supports other (than RJ45) PMD's for Ethernet (like SFP+), then the power numbers look reasonable; I can also see how Mellanox leveraged its effort in IB switches to develop a product for 100G/40G Ethernet.
As we unveil EE Times’ 2015 Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. Panelists Dan Armbrust (investment firm Silicon Catalyst), Andrew Kau (venture capital firm Walden International), and Stan Boland (successful serial entrepreneur, former CEO of Neul, Icera) join in the live debate.