As important as Ethernet has been as a technology and as a business opportunity, its impact will only continue to grow as the ongoing IP transition continues. Finley clients are increasingly relying on Ethernet services for revenue growth in an IP and broadband dominated marketplace, so it’s important to take note of Ethernet developments like the one recently outlined by the IEEE, which announced the launch of three new standards-development and a new Industry Connection initiative.
“Work is underway to amend the base [Ethernet] standard in multiple ways so that it is more useful in emerging application areas, and the new Industry Connections activity will engage global industry in discussion of the next-generation (NG) Ethernet Passive Optical Network (NG-EPON),” the international industry association elaborated in a press release.
Aiming to foster use of Ethernet networks in new audio/video, automotive, industrial automation and transportation applications (aircraft, railway and heavy traffic), IEEE P802.3br “Draft Standard for Ethernet Amendment Specification and Management Parameters for Interspersing Express Traffic” is envisaged as having cost-effective low-latency and best-efforts traffic stream convergence capabilities on the same physical connections. Such functionality requires multiple networks with parallel links at present. More information on the development of the new IEEE P802.3br standard is available at http://standards.ieee.org/develop/project/802.3br.html .
A second new standard development project aims to boost Power of Ethernet (PoE) capabilities. Prospective applications for IEEE P802.3bt “Draft Standard for Ethernet Amendment: Physical Layer and Management Parameters for DTE Power via MDI over 4-Pair” include pan/tilt/zoom security cameras, IP videophones, kiosks, point-of-sale (PoS) terminals, thin clients, multi-radio wireless nodes and access points, laptop computers, RFID readers and building management. More information regarding IEEE P802.3bt's development is available at: http://standards.ieee.org/develop/project/802.3bt.html
IEEE P802.3bu “Draft Standard for Ethernet Amendment: Physical Layer and Management Parameters for 1-Pair Power over Data Lines,” the third of IEEE's new Ethernet standard-development projects, aims to provide power on a single-pair data interface would eliminate the need for separate power wiring for emerging Ethernet applications in areas including automotive, transportation and industrial automation. More information is available at http://standards.ieee.org/develop/project/802.3bu.html.
With the 802.3 Industry Connections NG-EPON Ad Hoc initiative, IEEE is looking to bring industry participants together to “explore the market potential and technology options for an NG-EPON operating at data rates beyond 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps).”
Noting that EPON is deployed widely and used by equipment vendors and network operators for residential and commercial subscriber access to data, voice and video services, as well as mobile backhaul, IEEE says that equipment vendors and network operators, particularly in Asia, North and South America, “are interested in exploring the technologies available for the next generation of EPON.” More information about IEEE's NG-EPON Industry Connections Ad Hoc initiative is available at: http://www.ieee802.org/3/ad_hoc/ngepon/index.html .