Thursday, May 08, 2008

Ethernet gets green

There's plenty of work to do at the IEEE 802.3az, but Intel's proposal for a low power idle version of Ethernet has already got the nod to be part of the group's spec for 100 Mbit and Gbit chips. The next big debate will be whether it or a Broadcom proposal for a so-called subset PHY wins out for 10 Gbit chips and for backplane Ethernet.

Next week's meeting is the final call for proposals, so if you have a hot idea for green Ethernet better find the meeting and come with Powerpoint in hand or forever hold your peace. I'd be happy to host a debate on the trade off between these two approaches if anyone wants to take one side or the other in comment posting here.

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