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Ethernet Alliance praises IEEE 802.3 Working Group

July 31, 2015  

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The Ethernet Alliance has commended the progress made by the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group during its recent Plenary meeting in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

With a variety of standards advancing to balloting and the formation of new study groups, the gains achieved at the meeting closely parallel the milestones as outlined in the Ethernet Alliance’s 2015 Ethernet Roadmap, it said in a release.

“Ethernet is in a very dynamic period; there’s an exceptional level of energy and excitement driving this technology forward into a diversifying range of rates, applications, and market spaces,” said John D’Ambrosia, chairman, Ethernet Alliance, and chief Ethernet evangelist at Dell.

“Our largest plugfest ever — representing a meeting of 23 different ecosystem partners — perfectly illustrates the expanding breadth of industry interest in the tangible benefits offered by Ethernet’s ever-widening family of speeds, such as 40G/100G.”

The IEEE 802 Plenary Session saw notable progress across a variety of Ethernet and Ethernet-related projects, the Alliance said. It added that a “multitude of projects currently underway advanced, allowing them to move into various phases of IEEE’s balloting process.”

These included IEEE P802.3by, a proposed standard addressing 25 gigabits per second (Gb/s) operations for next-generation servers  advancing to Working Group (WG) ballot.

The future of signaling was also determined, as the IEEE P802.3bs 400GbE Task Force elected to have all electrical and optical signaling supporting 50Gb/s or greater be based on PAM4. The task force, which adopted all of its baseline proposals, will shortly begin work on the first draft of the 400 GbE specification.

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