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IEEE Studies 25G Ethernet Standard

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced the formation of the IEEE 802.3 25 Gb/s Ethernet Study Group to explore the market opportunities and needs for a single-lane 25 Gb/s speed for server interconnects for Ethernet.

Companies building data centers desire IEEE 802.3 standards-based interoperable solutions that will enable and extend a multi-vendor eco-system providing a cost optimized solution. The reuse of serial lane 25 Gb/s signaling technology—developed to support 100 Gb/s Ethernet—enables cost optimized deployments in newly constructed data centers. This is especially true for the companies that will need server interconnects that support 10 Gb/s Ethernet and beyond.

“The application of single-lane 25 Gb/s signaling technologies provides Ethernet with a solution set that can be reused by those companies building the data centers of tomorrow. The new study group expects to lay the groundwork for a new Media Access Control (MAC) rate that will enable cost-optimized single-lane solutions that will increase network deployment efficiency,” said Mark Nowell, chair of the IEEE 802.3 25 Gb/s Ethernet Study Group and senior director, Cisco Systems. “The heavy lifting in developing and standardizing 25 Gb/s signaling technologies has been done as part of the development of 100 Gb/s Ethernet. These technologies can be reused to enable a single-lane 25 Gb/s Ethernet solution set for server interconnects for these future data centers.”

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE)

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