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March 16, 2011

Ethernet Alliance - A Unique Forum for Setting IEEE Ethernet Standards

A global consortium that serves as a platform for members to come together and discuss about the future for next-generation Ethernet and also demonstrate the latest Ethernet technologies, the Ethernet Alliance serves the industry by promoting and supporting technologies based or dependent on Ethernet standards.

The Ethernet Alliance (News - Alert) assists in the development of the IEEE standard for 40 Gigabit and 100 Gigabit Ethernet, referred to as IEEE Std.802.3ba 2010 and also demonstrates the readiness of these new technologies through interoperability events.

In what is described as an 'industry first', members enabled a successful live demonstration of the 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet Traffic at OFC/NFOEC in Los Angeles, CA (News - Alert). Brad Booth of AppliedMicro served as the technical coordinator for the OFC demonstration.

Members of the Ethernet Alliance will be gathering in Singapore during the IEEE (News - Alert) 802 Plenary week to discuss what activities will be needed to support next generation Ethernet. The great potential for Ethernet Networking and the possibility of future activities there makes Singapore an ideal location for discussion.

The initiatives are supported by subcommittees such as the Higher Speed Ethernet subcommittee led by Dave Schneider (News - Alert) of Ixia who is located in Singapore and currently focusing on educational materials and interoperability events.

Next Generation Enterprise Cabling led by Brad Booth of AppliedMicro and Frank Yang of CommScope will focus on the building of next-generation data centers and help participants identify the type of infrastructure that is required., while the Higher Speed Modular Interconnect subcommittee led by Greg McSorley from Amphenol (News - Alert) will focus on demonstrating interoperability of high speed optical modules and copper cables

In a related news release, TMCnet reported that members of the Ethernet Alliance joined together to demonstrate some of the cutting-edge Ethernet technologies that were available for deployment in data centers and metropolitan networks at OFC/NFOEC 2011.

Mini Swamy is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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