So I get to give a fair number of industry presentations, and one of the recent things I have been trying to explain to people is that it is a myth that the IEEE makes decisions regarding standards. As a long-term IEEE'er, it might surprise some that I would say something like this, but I get it, as do a number of my other colleagues in the IEEE. The IEEE is a forum for the industry to make decisions. Now, it should be pointed out that the real challenge is that those decisions require 75 percent or better approval to move forward (unlike the simple majority or super majority requirements one hears about for Congress and the Senate).
Therefore, the importance of opportunities for the industry to gather and drive toward consensus cannot be overstated.
In my last blog I talked about the Ethernet Alliance's Technology Exploration Forum (TEF), coming up on June 14 in Santa Clara. Given the IEEE 802.3 100Gb/s Backplane and Study Group's progress, where it will be seeking the approval of its project in July, and the call for interest on next generation 100GbE optics, the timing of this event is perfect.
For those of us involved in backplanes, it is easy to understand the debates. What is the channel? What is improved FR-4? How about the cost? And this will go right into the signaling and encoding. Oh, and don't forget about energy efficiency Ethernet, or EEE, and how it applies.
Next generation 100GbE optics? Same story here. How can we reduce power and cost while increasing port density? Million dollar question, eh? 25Gb/s signaling? Re-timed versus non-retimed versus partially retimed interfaces! How about 25Gb/s over multi-mode fiber? A new signaling specification for single-mode fiber? In the 10GbE project there were two reach objectives--one for 2km and one for 10km. One solution was chosen to satisfy these two objectives. How about if the reach was 500m? Something new then?
See you at the TEF! For more information, click here.