Sunday, December 12, 2010

IEEE Forms 100G Backplane and Twinax Cabling Study Group

The IEEE 802.3 Working Group has formed a 100Gbps Ethernet Electrical Backplane and Twinax Copper Cable Assemblies Study Group. The call-for-interest was conducted by John D'Ambrosia of Force10 Networks and former chair of the recently ratified IEEE Std 802.3ba-2010.

Supporters of the initiative see a need to develop an electrical solution for 100GbE backplanes and short reach twinax cabling that operates at greater than 10Gbps per lane. The study group will have its first meeting as part of the IEEE 802.3 Working Group interim meeting.

"The Ethernet Alliance is delighted to assist in these important developments," said Jim Theodoras, president, Ethernet Alliance. "With the successful completion of industry's first 40G and 100G Ethernet interoperability testing in September and the live demonstration of the technology at SC10 in November, the Ethernet Alliance and its members continue to provide the industry with the most up-to-date information about these technologies, standards development status and interoperability testing."