IEEE readies 100Gbps Ethernet standard

— 12:24 PM on December 8, 2006

Today's fastest Ethernet standard may support speeds up to 10Gb/s, but the IEEE doesn't intend to stop there. The Institute's 802.3 Higher Speed Study Group has voted to kick off development of a new standard that will take Ethernet speeds to a whopping 100Gbps, or 12.5GB/s. According to VNUnet, the standard has been the subject of discussion since last year, but the group's decision means work on the standard can now begin. The upcoming Ethernet standard will support 100Gbps speeds over distances of up to 100m (328 feet) on OM3 multinode fiber connections and "at least 10km" (6.2 miles) on single-node fiber.

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