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40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Ethernet standard project goes to sponsor ballot

Ethernet protocols with operating speeds of 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s are one step closer to reality. Project compl...


November 25, 2009  


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Ethernet protocols with operating speeds of 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s are one step closer to reality. Project completion and final approval as a standard are expected in June 2010.

 

Late last week, the IEEE 802 Executive Committee approved forwarding the draft of the next higher speed Ethernet standard for sponsor balloting, the final of two stages of balloting.

 

The sponsor balloting phase will commence this month. “Once the Sponsor ballot has been completed, the draft standard will be submitted for approval by the IEEE-SA Standards Board as an IEEE standard,” says John D’Ambrosia, Chair of the IEEE P802.3ba Task Force.

 

The project aims to extend the existing IEEE 802.3 Ethernet protocol to operating speeds of 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s in order to provide a significant increase in bandwidth, while maintaining maximum compatibility with the installed base of IEEE 802.3 interfaces, previous investment in research and development, and principles of network operation and management.