Task force approves 10-GigE standard draft

Dec. 12, 2001
December 12, 2001 Specifications clear another hurdle on the way to an early-2002 ratification.

The 10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance has announced that the PIEEE 802.3ae Task Force has given approval for the current draft of the standard to go to sponsor ballot.

This marks one of the final milestones in the multi-year effort toward ratification of a 10 Gigabit Ethernet standard. It is a direct result of the resolution of all outstanding technical issues and may keep the 10 Gigabit standard effort on track for ratification in the first half of 2002.

"Essentially, all the technical work related to the formation of the standard is complete," says Brad Booth, editor-in-chief of the IEEE P802.3ae Task Force. "I want to thank the members of the Working Group and the task force for their tremendous effort the past six months. As a result of their hard work, I am proud to say we remain on schedule for completion of the standard in the first half of next year."

"Customers are very excited about 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology and products," says Bruce Tolley, vice president of the alliance. "Many Ethernet companies have shipped or are about to ship 10 Gigabit Ethernet modules for switches, routers, and other devices for enterprise and service provider customers. These customers are deploying 10 Gigabit solutions in local and metro networks."

Following the recent IEEE P802.3ae Task Force meeting in Austin, Texas, the working group recirculation ballot of IEEE Draft P802.3ae/D3.4 did not generate further technical comments and was overwhelmingly approved. This permitted the task force to submit IEEE Draft P802.3ae/D4.0 for Sponsor Ballot.

Also during the recent meeting, the task force agreed that all technical feasibility requirements had been satisfied.

Positioned as a high-speed, unifying technology for networking applications in LANs, MANs and WANs, 10 Gigabit Ethernet has the potential to provide simple high bandwidth at relatively low cost.

The 10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance was organized to facilitate and accelerate the introduction of 10 Gigabit Ethernet into the networking market.

For more information, contact Marilyn Callaghan at 650-342-6087.

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