OIF Issues 10 Gig Specs

Optical Internetworking Forum has approved three documents that outline specs for optical networking interfaces

October 10, 2000

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FREMONT, Calif. --The Optical Internetworking Forum announcedtoday that it has approved three separate documents that outlinespecifications to improve the cost-effectiveness and flexibility for opticalnetworking interfaces. These documents currently include electricalinterfaces, low-cost optical interfaces and signaling protocols. Thedocuments submitted by OIF's Physical & Link Layer Working Group include;SPI-3 specification for interfaces within routers in OC-48 bandwidthapplications, SPI-4 Phase 1 specification for interfaces within routers in10 Gbps bandwidth applications, and SFI-4 electrical interface specificationfor the transfer of data between STS-192/STM-64 framers and theSerializer/Deserializer.

"The approval of these three documents is significant in that it bringsthe optical networking industry one step closer to having a standardizedspecification for key network components," said Russ Tuck, chairman of OIF'sPhysical & Link Layer Working Group. "Acceptance of a standardizedspecification for optical network interfaces will ensure that compatibleparts will be available from multiple vendors. That added flexibility willimprove time-to-market for new products and will lower system costs."


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