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100 GE Gets OK'd

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- The Ethernet Alliance announces the recent decisions by the IEEE 802.3 working group to forward project authorization requests (PARs) for the next generation of Ethernet technologies. The Higher Speed Study Group (HSSG) was formed in July 2006, and its proposal envisions a single project encompassing a 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE) rate for server and storage applications and a 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) rate for network aggregation. The Energy-Efficient Ethernet Study Group (EEESG) was formed in November 2006, and its proposal envisions a protocol to permit power savings in Ethernet networking equipment.

"The Ethernet Alliance members contributed to the HSSG efforts and provided pivotal input as the study group developed its recommendations for a single PAR with two rates to accommodate the growing bandwidth demands in both the networking and computing industries," said Brad Booth, president, Ethernet Alliance. "The Ethernet Alliance members look forward to supporting the progress towards the development of 40GbE, 100GbE and energy-efficient Ethernet standards."

The Ethernet Alliance