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Created November 14, 2016

The Consortium for On-Board Optics (COBO) is on target to complete its specifications work by the year end. The work will then enter a final approval stage that will take up to three months.

On-board optics is seen as a promising way to increase the input-output of systems by overcoming the faceplate density limitations when using pluggable optics. On-board optics have been available for years but vendors have had to use proprietary products. The goal of COBO, first announced in March 2015 and backed by such companies as Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Finisar and Intel, is to develop a technology roadmap and common specifications that ensure interoperability.

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