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Merchant Silicon Will Dominate Data Center Ethernet Switching by 2022, IHS Markit Says

February 08, 2019 / Carl Weinschenk

Merchant silicon will dominate the data center Ethernet switching market, shipping 63 percent of all chips in 2022, according to a report from IHS Markit.Propriety and custom chips will be more than 30 percent of the market, and programmable chips 7 percent, according to the regional Data Center Network Equipment Market Tracker.Broadcom, IHS Markit said, dominates in merchant silicon with a wide array of chips from general purpose, purpose-built and bare metal products. Port speeds run the gamut from 1GE to 400GE.The business dynamic is that merchant silicon is getting buy-in from white box and traditional switch vendors that traditionally deploy custom silicon. Recent moves from Cisco, Juniper Networks, and Arista Networks all introduced merchant chips into the mix.