In September, the Ethernet Alliance ratified IEEE 802.3bz, the Standard for Ethernet Amendment: Media Access Control Parameters, Physical Layers, and Management Parameters for 2.5 Gb/s and 5Gb/s Operation.
This update enables access layer bandwidth to increase and evolve beyond the previous standard of 1 Gb/s (Gigabit per second) and this new standard will help address emerging connectivity needs, including applications within enterprise, wireless networks, and more. There is no longer the need to upgrade to more expensive infrastructure and overhaul with Cat 5e/Cat 6 wiring, when now speeds up to five times as fast are allowed to meet data demands.
The updated IEEE 802.3bz helps meet the demands for faster access to rapidly rising data volumes and provides buildings and organizations to capitalize on previous infrastructure investments and increase their value.
About IEEE 802.3bz
IEEE 802.3bz enables cost-effective network bandwidth scaling and facilitates up to five times the network speed without requiring costly infrastructure changes. This standard will help meet the needs of various industries, including:
- Scientific and research computing
- Content production and editing
- Industrial design and automation
- Machine vision
- And more
Deployment of this standard will enable faster wireless connections, promised by the next generation of wireless access, and is touted by John D’Ambrosia, chairman of the Ethernet Alliance as “considered the most successful Ethernet project ever.”
About the Ethernet Alliance
Launched in 2006, the Ethernet Alliance is a global, non-profit industry consortium of more than 45 member organizations dedicated to the continued success and advancement of Ethernet technologies. Members of the Ethernet Alliance include vendors, industry experts, and university/governmental professionals alike that work together to standardize the marketplace. The objectives of the organization are to:
- Expand the Ethernet ecosystem
- Support Ethernet development through standards (like IEEE 802.3bz)
- Promote Ethernet in both existing and emerging markets
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