MSC (Microprocessor Standards Committee)


Established: 1976

Active projects:
    IEEE P1363 Public key cryptography

    IEEE P1596 Scalable Coherent Interface
    IEEE P1722 AVB L2 Transport Protocol (AVBTP) 

    IEEE P1733 Layer 3 Transport Protocol for Time Sensitive Application in LANs

    IEEE P1788 Interval Arithmetic

IEEE P1817 Standard for Consumer-Ownable Digital Personal Property

IEEE P1823 Universal Power Adapter for Mobile Devices

MSC Working Groups and Contacts:

P1363 Standard Specification for Public-Key Cryptographic Techniques Revision
William Whyte

P1363.1 Standard Specification for Public-Key Cryptographic Techniques Based on
    Hard Problems over Lattices – Contact
William Whyte

P1596  Standard for Scalable Coherent Interface (SCI) Revision – Contact Dave Gustavson

P1722 Standard for Layer 2 Transport Protocol for Time Sensitive Applications in
     Bridged Local Area Networks – Contact
Robert Boatright

P1733 Standard for Layer 3Transport Protocol for Time Sensitive Applications in
     Local Area Networks – Contact
Suman Sharma

P1788 Standard for Interval Arithmetic - IA - Contact Nathalie Revol of Baker Kearfott

P1817 - Standard for Consumer-ownable Digital Personal Property – Paul Sweazey

P1823 – Universal Power Adapter for Mobile Devices(UPAMD) – Bob Davis

Scope of the MSC:

  • To create, maintain, and encourage the use of IEEE standards for the engineering of computer systems involving microprocessor and floating-point architectures, buses, interconnects, sensors, microprocessor operating system interfaces, real-time operating systems, programming and object languages, data interchange, cryptographic hardware, and computer environmental specifications.

MSC P&P (Policies and Procedures) are available here.

MSC Working Group Policies and Procedures Prototype

New Projects:

New projects within the scope of the MSC are always welcome.  Please contact either Bob Davis, or Leonard Tsai to be added to the next meeting agenda.

MSC mailing list:

  • The MSC mailing list is managed by the IEEE.  To subscribe, send the following text, without subject line or signature or other trailing information, with your e-mail address, first name, last name in the body of an e-mail to

“subscribe stds-msc emailAddress <firstName lastName>”
  • Meeting announcements and other information will be distributed using this list.

Next meeting Agenda:

The normal MSC meeting schedule is quarterly on the evening of the second Monday of January, April, July, and October to prepare for the next SASB meetings.  The following are the dates of the scheduled meetings:

  • October 11, 2010 Teleconference

  • January 10, 2011 Teleconference

  • April 11, 2011 Teleconference

  • July 11, 2011 Teleconference

  • October 10, 2011 Teleconference

MSC meetings are held by teleconference and WebEx

Start Time: 10:00 a.m. PxT End Time: 11:00 a.m. PxT

Dial-in Number: (866) 349-5441:  International (706) 643-0747

Participant Access Code: 4088571273

Major "Hot" projects:

  • Finding New Chair for MSC

Information about previous meetings.

MSC projects status tables

Want to be in the ballot pool for MSC project balloting?  The IEEE now provides that capability via their web site.  Be ready with your SA Membership number (it is the same as your IEEE membership number.)

IEEE/RAC reviews

The MSC committee has representatives on the IEEE/RAC, a committee that manages technical concerns associated with unique number assignments: Leonard Tsai and Bob Davis. Their intent is to use the MSC reflector to solicit inputs about current and future IEEE/RAC activities.

IEEE Patent Policies for required committee use in PDF and PowerPoint  formats.


Bob Davis

Vice Chair

Leonard Tsai



MSC has historical
ties to MMTC