Officially titled IEEE Standard for Ethernet Amendment: Physical Layer Specifications and Managment Parameters for 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Operation Over Fiber Optic Cables, IEEE has made available for purchase the 802.3bm specification. The amendment was drafted to support the many advances in optical networking; from enabling high-density applications, to the reduction in cost and power demand provided by 100 Gb/s devices.
“The rapid growth of Internet traffic is driving the need for higher data rates, higher density and lower-cost fiber optic solutions for the data center.” said David Law, chair of the IEEE 802.3 Working Group. He then added, “IEEE 802.3bm demonstrates how IEEE 802.3 is taking a forward-thinking approach to stay ahead of global demands on Ethernet networking, which paves the way for innovation in devices and services.”
The base standard has now been amended to reduce “lane count” for 100 Gb/s applications, to extend reach for 40 Gb/s services and expand Energy Efficiency Ethernet capability to include optical links.
IEEE 802.3bm can be purchased at the IEEE Standards Store.