IEEE 802.3bz-2016 standard for increased speeds approved

IEEE, a professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), have noted the publication of IEEE 802.3bz-2016 – Standard for Ethernet Amendment: Media Access Control Parameters, Physical Layers and Management Parameters for 2.5 Gb/s and 5 Gb/s Operation, the groups said.

Completed in 18 months, IEEE 802.3bz-2016 supports the growing need for Ethernet connectivity over structured twisted pair wiring beyond the 1 Gb/s capability provided by the IEEE 802.3ab standard (1000BASE-T), which is considered by many to be the most successful Ethernet physical layer standard.

The new standard defines Ethernet Media Access Control (MAC) parameters, physical layer specifications, and management objects for the transfer of Ethernet format frames at 2.5 Gb/s and 5 Gb/s, so that enterprise interconnect solutions over structured Category 5e or better twisted pair cabling can support modern wireless access points without compromise.

Deployment of technology defined by IEEE 802® standards is already globally pervasive, driven by the ever-growing needs of data networks around the world. New application areas are constantly being considered that might leverage IEEE 802 standards in their networks from wireless, through twisted-pair cabling, to fiber-optic cabling solutions.

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