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Mission Statement

The Consortium for On-Board Optics is working to develop specifications to permit the use of board-mounted optical modules in the manufacturing of networking equipment (i.e., switches, servers). The organization plans to reference industry specifications where possible and develop specifications where required with attention to electrical interfaces, pin-outs, connectors, thermals, etc. for the development of interchangeable and interoperable optical modules that can be mounted onto motherboards and daughtercards. COBO has four working groups: Multimode System Working Group, Co-Packaged Optics Working Group, Data Center Networking Working Group and Coherent Optics Working Group.  COBO also hosts member study groups for the advancement of Multi-Core Fiber and External Laser Source Solutions.