Monday, December 04, 2006

100-to-5: Ethernet trumps Express


No sooner had I finished posting my note about the searingly fast 5GHz PCI Express on the horizon (see below) than in my email box comes the news that the IEEE 802.3 Higher Speed Study Group has officially voted to support 100 Gbit/second as the next speed for Ethernet.

I know from earlier talks with the group's chair, John D'Ambrosia (see my Sept. 29 posting), the group could take many paths to that data rate including multiple parallel lines. Still, whew! Things are getting hot in interconnect valley! --rbm

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