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The hardware architecture of the industry is evolving dramatically.

China is much more than an emerging market. Ning Cai is a system architect working with data communications in Shanghai. He shares some of his insights about where the industry is headed.


Who are your customers? What are their biggest concerns?

Basically I have two types of customers: the customers who provide telecom related products and solutions, and the customers who design data centers and related equipment. Challenges are different to different customers. Most common ones are: cost of ownership, power consumption, SI performance in high speed design, and mechanical tolerance control.


What trends do you think will influence datacom over the next few years?

Instead of traditional backplane, more and more new architecture and technology will be adopted to meet the challenge from big size, but high speed and high density. The key products and technology include high density input/output (IO) interface, copper cable solutions, which include mid board copper (MBC) and cable backplane, and optical engine.


What do you enjoy most about your current role?

It is really exciting to provide innovative products and solutions that can help different customers to better meet the challenges of density, power consumption and SI.


What differences in the Asia market could TE leverage to grow its business?

The large population and mobile internet led to a rapid increase in the data center and telecommunication network in Asia. We need to seize on this opportunity.


What was your biggest engineering challenge?

The hardware architecture of the industry is evolving rapidly and dramatically. The biggest responsibility for the engineering team is listening to customers and delivering products that will help meet their unique challenges.


How do you spend your free time outside of work?

I like to relax by going bowling and to the movies. I also enjoy playing in the park with my family and my Akita dog.