Think ahead: Get involved in 10 Gb Ethernet group


Notice how those helping shape the next generation of a technology have an advantage implementing it once it's a reality? Here's an opportunity to build upon the ground floor of the blazing fast 10 Gigabit Ethernet, to shape requirements for the next generation of the technology, as Ethernet increasingly is used in industrial automation applications.

The Ethernet Alliance , an industry group dedicated to the continued success and expansion of Ethernet technology, announced that the IEEE 802.3 working group has formed the Higher Speed Study Group (HSSG) to evaluate the requirements for the next generation of Ethernet technology.

"This is an exciting time for the Ethernet industry as there are a number of activities helping drive the volume adoption of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE)," says Brad Booth, president of the Ethernet Alliance and director of advanced products for Quake Technologies. Booth says, "IEEE 802.3an, also known as 10Gbase-T, was ratified June 8, 2006. This standard enables a low cost, ease-of-use, copper cabling solution for the transmission of 10 GbE. Additionally, SFF-8431, also known as 10 GbE SFP+ (small form factor pluggable) optics, offers lower cost and reduced power consumption. SFF-8431 is expected to be ratified by the end of 2006."

Ready to jump in and figure out how to get from standards-type language to practical applications? Move more quickly to the next generation of Ethernet by contacting John D'Ambrosia, components technology scientist, Force10 Networks .

-- Edited by Mark T. Hoske ,
editor in chief , Control Engineering

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