New Ethernet Alliance Roadmap

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The Ethernet Alliance recently released its new 2018 Ethernet Roadmap, foreshadowing the technology’s ongoing growth and deployment from 10 Mbs to the approaching era of terabit speeds, offers a view of existing and emerging application spaces, and addresses essential specifications, media and modules.


“A rising number of increasingly diverse technologies and applications are driving the growth and expansion of the family of Ethernet solutions, so we’re beyond the days of just a single Ethernet roadmap,” said John D’Ambrosia, chairman, Ethernet Alliance; and senior principal engineer, Huawei.


The new roadmap traces Ethernet’s path from 10 Mbps through present-day speeds of 1 to 400 gigabit Ethernet (GbE), and looks ahead to future speeds achieving up to 1.6 terabits (TbE) and beyond. The forward-looking map also provides guidance into key underlying technologies, current and future interfaces, and the numerous application spaces where Ethernet plays a fundamental role.


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