100 Gb/s Lambda call for interest

The following request for agenda time for a 100 Gb/s Lambda call for interest has been received from Mark Nowell. It will be discussed at the IEEE 802 LMSC November 2018 Plenary meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Ethernet has a successful track record of reusing and leveraging technology in order to enable new cost-optimized solutions for broad market adoption. Recently, both the IEEE 802.3bs and IEEE 802.3cd Ethernet projects defined optical interfaces based on 100 Gb/s PAM4 per lane optics for 500m reaches on single-mode fiber. This technology enables a lower component count implementation that can lead towards a lower cost solution.

The successful industry adoption of 100 GbE is resulting in higher volumes and continuing cost pressures on optical interfaces and the hyper-scale data centers, being aggressive adopters of cost-effective solutions, are looking to enable the next generation of lower cost solutions for 400 Gb/s Ethernet interfaces.

At this time, no IEEE 802.3 Ethernet specifications exist for greater than 500m reaches on single-mode fiber using this advanced technology. This Call For Interest is a request for the formation of a Study Group to explore the potential market requirements and feasibility of extending 100 Gb/s PAM4 per lane optical technology to longer 100 Gb/s and 400 Gb/s Ethernet reaches.

The call for interest will take place during the IEEE 802.3 Opening Plenary on the morning of Monday 12th November. A call for interest consensus building meeting has been scheduled to occur from 18:30 to 19:30 on the evening of Tuesday 13th 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 15th November.

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Last Update: 8-Oct-18

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