Approval of IEEE 802.3™-2012 Standard Expands to Address New Markets, Media Types & Bandwidth Speeds


The original IEEE 802.3 standard was still fairly new when I started in the industry, but it’s importance and impact was clear.  As David Law, chair of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group stated “IEEE 802.3 technologies and the varied Ethernet networks that they enable are found everywhere, and the standard’s application horizon continues to expand. When Ethernet networking was conceived in the 1970s and the IEEE 802.3 standard was first published in 1985, its founders could not possibly have foreseen the global transformation that their ideas and efforts would ultimately set into motion. The standard has helped spawn whole new business models, industries and ways of life. And that cycle of innovation continues today.”

IEEE 802.3 defines the physical and media access control layers of Ethernet transmission across wired connections of multiple media. What’s new since the last revision in 2008? In addition to generally expected technical updates/enhancements, there are amendments addressing 10 Gbit/s Ethernet Passive Optical Networks, energy efficiency, extension to 40 Gbit/s and 100 Gbit/s speeds (while maintaining compatibility with previously installed IEEE 802.3 interfaces), and enhanced support for loss-sensitive applications.

Read the full press release from the IEEE Standards Association now

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