IEEE forms study group to examine 802.3 Base-T

IEEE forms study group to examine 802.3 Base-T

IEEE has announced the formation of the IEEE 802.3 Next-Generation Base-T Study Group. The new group is designed to measure industry interest and needs in the next generation of the IEEE 802.3 Base-T family of technologies for Ethernet transmission over twisted pair cabling.

Widely deployed for physical layer connectivity in data centres, IEEE 802.3 Base-T represents the highest volume Ethernet port type today. IEEE 802.3 Base-T technologies typically utilise server-uplink data rates of Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet today, but platform transitions and systems innovation on all fronts are driving new networking requirements.

‘Because of the ability of current IEEE 802.3 Base-T technologies to interoperate with legacy versions via the standard’s ‘autonegotiation’ feature and thereby support cost effective infrastructure upgrades, extension to 40 Gigabit Ethernet and higher speeds will be required in coming years,’ said Bill Woodruff, chair of the IEEE 802.3 Next-Generation Base-T Study Group and associate product line director with Broadcom. ‘IEEE 802.3 Base-T continues to be one of the most successful technologies within the greater IEEE 802.3 family, and our new study group will gauge the timing and needs of extending the standard to support industry needs for server connectivity and other applications.’

Interested individuals are invited to contribute to the new IEEE 802.3 Next Generation Base-T Study Group. For more information, please visit


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