Friday, June 29, 2007

It's all about Ethernet

I love the little reality checks that bubble up from the field. Here's one in my email box this morning from a source who has been around the block a few times but asked not to be named:

"In 2001 the 'fabric wars' were going full blast. By 2007, it’s clear that Ethernet is the overwhelming winner, with Rapid IO being used for a few specialized, DSP-heavy applications as Rapid IO is popular as a DSP interface."

A crisp synopsis of this sector in the last six years. Of course even a little success can be a lot for a small movement, as I noted in an article for the RapidIO newsletter out this week.

Meanwhile the big action is in Ethernet. The growing crowd looking to hammer out the next big step in data rates appears to have hit a stalemate, but the chairman of the IEEE High Speed Study Group is optimistic of a breakthrough when the group meets again in July. Stay tuned.

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