New IEEE 802.3 Study Group formed to investigate lower power, lower cost, and higher-density 100 Gb/s Ethernet interfaces for optical fiber modules

This Study Group will investigate:

Multimode optical fiber (MMF):

  • Reducing the number of MMF fibers from 20 to 8 per channel
  • Reducing transceiver power consumption
  • Specifying a narrow form-factor array MMF interface
  • Reach on OM3 and OM4 fiber

Singlemode optical fiber (SMF):

  • Adopting higher lane speeds to reduce the number of wave-division multiplexed (WDM) lanes
  • Reducing transceiver power consumption
  • Specifying a narrow form-factor duplex SMF interface
  • Reach on OS1 fiber

Here is the link to the IEEE 802.3 call-for-interest (CFI) presentation if you would like to learn more:

http://www.ieee802.org/3/100GNGOPTX/public/jul11/CFI_01_0711.pdf

Additional further reading:
Standards Informant (July 2012): IEEE 802.3 Next Generation BASE-T

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Valerie Maguire

About Valerie Maguire

Valerie Maguire, BSEE holds the position of Director of Standards & Technology at Siemon. Her expertise is focused on balanced twisted-pair and optical fiber telecommunications cabling and transmission theory. She is the TIA TR-42 appointed liaison to IEEE 802.3, Treasurer of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group, Secretary of the IEEE 802.3 Maintenance Task Force, editor for multiple IEEE 802.3 Ethernet projects, and has held leadership positions in the TIA TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Engineering Committee and TIA-TR-42.7 Copper Cabling Subcommittee for eight two-year terms. In addition, Valerie has authored over 50 technical articles and engineering papers, holds one U.S. Patent, received the 2008 Harry J. Pfister Award for Excellence in Telecommunications, and was named one of CI&M’s Top 20 Positive Contributors to the Cabling and Networking Industry.
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