Project Lead
Don Barnetson

Incubation Committee Representative: Jason Forrester

The Interconnect Sub-Project is seeking to create an ecosystem of plug and play ethernet interconnects based on existing standards from IEEE, OIF and the various industry MSAs to support open networking and reduce adoption friction.  The model for this Sub-Project follows the USB-IF – creating a specific implementation of standards that are developed elsewhere and develop a test specification and validation structure to enable an ecosystem of plug and play cables.

We’re bringing together interconnect providers, host makers (switch, NIC, router, tester and others) and end users from the OCP membership to build this ecosystem.


  • Initial scope will be focused on Active Electrical Cables (AECs) only (ie, copper cables with CDR retimers in the end).
  • PAM4 ethernet links starting at 56G/lane
  • Work on new speed grades will begin once the technical work in the IEEE and MSAs reached a consensus

Out of Scope

  • Non-Ethernet implementations (Inifiniband, non-standard rates, etc.)
  • Non-AEC interconnect solutions – optical cables, passive copper cables, amplified (ie non-CDR) copper cables

Project Call

This Sub-Project will host its first meeting on May 17th, 2022 6-7pm PT. Cadence will be decided at the first meeting. Once cadence is set, you can find meetings below on the calendar.

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