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RE: PMD discussion

I agree with Bruce that the shorter the list, the better for market growth.
As a system vendor, the division I work for builds adapters for the server
market.  One of the things that one of my largest customers will be looking
for is a minimum set of adapters that will cover the broadest range of
applications they will operate in.  They would like one SKU.  We should be
able to convince them to have two (one for LAN, and one for WAN).  We won't
be able to convince them to carry more than two.

If they come to me for a recommendation, I cannot in good conscience tell
them to choose the 850nm Serial because it will limit their customers
ability to use installed fiber.  My customer prefers to limit the number of
customer support calls, so we have to give them the broadest range of fiber
use.  They will ask us for a recommendation.  We're left to choose between
850nm WDM and 1310nm WDM.  For their target market and cost points, that
would limit it to 850nm WDM.


Brad Booth
Intel LAN Access Division, Austin Design Center
bradley.booth@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:bradley.booth@xxxxxxxxx>  
(512) 407-2135 office
(512) 589-4438 cellular

		-----Original Message-----
		From:	Bruce Tolley [mailto:btolley@xxxxxxxxx]
		Sent:	Thursday, June 01, 2000 10:29 AM
		To:	Edward Chang; Cornejo, Edward (Edward);
		Cc:	'802.3ae'; 'Jack Jewell'
		Subject:	RE: PMD discussion


		Multiple options confuse the market when they overlap and
the set of 5 
		options contains substantial overlap.

		It is legitimate for informed people to disagree on complex
issues and for 
		us to have difficulty converging on the short list of PMDs.

		But everyone should be absolutely clear that the shorter the
list is the 
		better both for market growth and for ease of completing the