Sunday, July 22, 2012

IEEE Forms 802.3 BASE-T Study Group

IEEE has established a new 802.3 Next-Generation BASE-T Study Group to measure industry interest and needs in the next generation of Ethernet transmission over twisted-pair cabling.

Current IEEE 802.3 BASE-T typically runs at Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet speeds and is used in data centers.

"Because of the ability of current IEEE 802.3 BASE-T technologies to interoperate with legacy versions via the standard’s autonegotiation’ feature and thereby support cost-effective infrastructure upgrades, extension to 40 Gigabit Ethernet and higher speeds will be required in coming years,” said Bill Woodruff, chair of the IEEE 802.3 Next-Generation BASE-T Study Group and associate product line director with Broadcom. “IEEE 802.3 BASE-T continues to be one of the most successful technologies within the greater IEEE 802.3 family, and our new study group will gauge the timing and needs of extending the standard to support industry needs for server connectivity and other applications."

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