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New Fast Ethernet Standards in the Works

June 6, 2016 By Molly White in

IEEE launched two new 802.3 projects involving fast Ethernet standards in a bid to address growing demand for fast Ethernet connectivity. The global electronics industry standards organization also modified its 400-Gbps IEEE P802.3bs Ethernet project, according to a May 31 press release.

“The demand for Ethernet continues to expand rapidly throughout the industry, driving the need for market relevant standards to support the adoption and growth of Ethernet,” commented David Law, chair, IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group.

“These latest IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group projects will address the increasing needs for speeds targeted at specific application areas, and help ensure best practices are implemented through the principles of standardization.”

Fast Ethernet Standards

Of the two new fast Ethernet projects, the IEEE P802.3cc project will complete the 25 Gbps line of Ethernet physical layer specifications. The IEEE P802.3cd project aims to deliver 50 Gbps Ethernet speeds for next-generation servers and campus cores, as well as meet industry demands for lower cost next-gen Ethernet solutions, IEEE elaborates.

In addition, the IEEE P802.33cc Task Force is to develop a new physical layer spec for transmitting digital data 10 km (6.21 mi) and 40 km (24.84 mi) over single-mode fiber optic cabling. The IEEE P802.3cd 50, 100 and 200 Gbps Ethernet Task Force is to develop physical layer specs for each of the speeds that make use of common 50 Gbps optical and electrical signaling technologies. Copper and multi-mode fiber physical layer specs will be developed for all three, as well as for single-mode fiber for the 50 Gbps Ethernet standard.

The modified IEEE P802.3bs 400 Gbps Ethernet project expands its scope to include 200 Gbps Ethernet and 200 Gbps single-mode fiber physical-layer specs.