IEEE 802.3bs 200- and 400-GbE standard available for free download

Through the IEEE GET 802 program, users can download the 802.3bs document specifying 200- and 400-Gbit/sec operation.

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Via the IEEE GET 802 program, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has made its 802.3bsstandard available for free download. The institute explains, “Published IEEE 802 standards are included in the [GET] program in PDF form six months after publication date. This program grants public access to view and download current individual IEEE 802 0xAE standards at no cost to you.”

Users must have an IEEE account in order to access and download the documents.

Published on December 12, 2017, the 802.3bs standard’s official title is IEEE Standard for Ethernet – Amendment 10: Media Access Control Parameters, Physical Layers, and Management Parameters for 200 Gb/s and 400 Gb/s Operation.

Within the standard’s scope, the IEEE states, “The Physical Layer encodes frames for transmission and decodes received frames with the modulation specified for the speed of operation, transmission medium and supported link length. Other specified capabilities include: control and management protocols, and the provision of power over selected twisted pair PHY types.”

You can access the standard via the IEEE 802 GET program here.

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