IEEE Publishes Three IEEE 802.3™ Standard Amendments to Meet Industry Demand for Greater Ethernet Functionality

Standard amendments provide physical layers, and associated control
and management parameters, for increased network Ethernet speeds,
enhanced backplane applications and improved delivery of power over

PISCATAWAY, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#Ethernetlt;/agt;–IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated
to advancing technology for humanity, and the IEEE
Standards Association (IEEE-SA)
, today
announced the publishing and availability of three standard amendments
to IEEE 802.3in response to evolving industry requirements
for new and emerging Ethernet applications.

802.3 Ethernet Working Group
continues to deliver on its commitment
to ongoing standard improvements that deliver real world operational
scenarios and meet challenges faced by data network operators
worldwide,” said David Law, chair, IEEE 802.3 Working Group. “These
refinements are essential to maintain Ethernet as the core technology
driving advancements at data centers and throughout network
infrastructures everywhere, as well as utilizing Ethernet to power the
wide variety of sensors, actuators, cameras and other devices associated
with the Internet of Things.”

The three new standard amendments include:

  • IEEE
    —IEEE Standard for Ethernet—Amendment 1: Physical
    Layer Specifications and Management Parameters for 2.5 Gb/s and 5 Gb/s
    Operation over Backplane.
  • IEEE
    —IEEE Standard for Ethernet Amendment 2: Physical
    Layer and Management Parameters for Power over Ethernet over 4 pairs.
  • IEEE
    —IEEE Standard for Ethernet—Amendment 3: Media Access
    Control Parameters for 50 Gb/s and Physical Layers and Management
    Parameters for 50 Gb/s, 100 Gb/s, and 200 Gb/s Operation.

“The foresight, ingenuity and productivity of the thousands of
volunteers developing the IEEE 802 family of standards since 1980 is
truly remarkable, as evidenced by the worldwide impact their constantly
evolving standards have had in response to ever-changing markets,” said
Paul Nikolich, chair, IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee.

Driven by the ever-growing demands of data networks around the world,
products and services incorporating IEEE 802® standards technologies
have become globally pervasive. New applications are continually
deployed leveraging IEEE 802 network standards ranging across DC power
distribution, wireless, copper, and fiber-optic cabling solutions. The
success of IEEE 802 standards—from their inception through today—has
been reliant on their volunteers’ passionate adherence to an inclusive,
fair, open and transparent development process.

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