NOVEMBER 17, 2008 -- The Ethernet Alliance (search for Ethernet Alliance) and the Road to 100G Alliance (search for Road to 100G Alliance) today announced an intention for the Road to 100G Alliance to transition into the Ethernet Alliance. The transition unites two industry organizations that are committed to the promotion and advancement of high-performance Ethernet networking.
"The Road to 100G AllianceÂ hasÂ met and exceeded its expectations inÂ terms of exposing the challenges of developing 100G platforms," reports Bill Weisinger, chairman of the Road to 100G Alliance. "With the challenges well understood, it is the right time for us to join with the Ethernet Alliance and fulfill the balance of our goal: to establish a comprehensiveÂ ecosystem of suppliers and users to accelerate the adoption and ongoing development ofÂ high-performance networking solutions."
"The demand for bandwidth is growing in every market segment--from consumer to enterprise to service and content providers," adds Brad Booth, chair of the board, Ethernet Alliance. "The Ethernet Alliance praises the Road to 100G Alliance and its members on highlighting the challenges of 100G and is honored they believe the Ethernet Alliance is the organization to further their goal," he says. "Given the alignment of our visions and strategies, the combination of our two organizations will greatly advance the development ofÂ theÂ high-speed Ethernet ecosystem, benefiting customers worldwide."
In November 2007, the IEEE 802.3 working group authorized the formation of the IEEE P802.3ba task force to begin work on a draft standard for 40 Gigabit and 100 Gigabit Ethernet. Last week, the task force completed review of the first draft of IEEE P802.3ba, which keeps the task force on track for standard ratificationÂ by mid-2010.
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