The following request for agenda time for a Next-generation 200 Gb/s and 400 Gb/s MMF PHYs call for interest has been received from Robert Lingle. It will be discussed at the IEEE 802 LMSC November 2017 Plenary meeting in Orlando, FL, USA.
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Links comprising multimode fiber cable and VCSEL-based transceivers have played a key role in implementing 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Ethernet in data centers for short reach. The continual growth of bandwidth demand has driven evolution of higher Ethernet speeds, most recently with 200 Gb/s and 400 Gb/s Ethernet, as demonstrated by related IEEE 802.3 projects over the past 4 years. To better support the installed base of MMF cables and to reduce the relative cost of short reach links, we request a call for interest to assess support for a Study Group to develop the PAR and CSD for next-generation 200 Gb/s and 400 Gb/s PHYs over fewer MMF pairs than existing Ethernet projects.
The call for interest will take place during the IEEE 802.3 Opening Plenary on the morning of Monday 6th November. A call for interest consensus building meeting has been scheduled to occur from 20:30 to 21:30 on the evening of Tuesday 7th November. The vote to determine if a Study Group will be formed will take place at the IEEE 802.3 Closing Plenary on the afternoon of Thursday 9th November.