Thursday, September 29, 2005

And now 100 Gig Ethernet

In two papers presented to the European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication (ECOC) at Scotland today, Lucent Technologies Bell Labs announced the first reported transmissions of 100 Gbps Ethernet over an optical connection. These results are a significant milestone in the industry's march towards migrating to 100Gbps data networking. Read at:

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

New standard for Power over Ethernet

The IEEE 802.3 has created a new task force to develop an enhanced Power over Ethernet (PoE) standard, dubbed PoEPlus, based on the objectives of the IEEE PoEPlus Study Group.

The future PoE standard will allow delivery of at least 30 watts to powered devices such as Voice over IP phones, Wireless LAN Access Points, etc. The existinh 802.3af standard allws for up tp 12.95 watts of power.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Ethernet PON becoming technology of choice in Japan

A new research report from IDC mentions that the optical fiber access market shall reach $1.9 billion in 2009. Th emergence of "triple play" services will increase the demand for bandiwdth in the access network. It also mentions that Japan will focus on Ethernet PON technology. Read news at:

Monday, September 26, 2005

Quake to demonstrate lowest power 10 Gb Ethernet IC

Quake Technologies shall demonstrate QT2032 at ECOC next month at Glasgow, Scotland in association with Opnext. Quake is a leading provider of 10 Gbps Ethernet physical layer ICs.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Force 10 Networks raises VC funding of $40 million

Lightreading reports that the 10 Gigabit Ethernet rouiter startup has raised another $40 million from VC's which it says should be sufficient to carry it to its IPO. Visit company website at: and Lightreading news at:

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

CERN building grid computing farm with 10 Gig Ethernet

The grid compute farm will cluster 6,000 processors and 2,000 storage devices, and is expected to yield a massive 2.4Tbit/s of processing power. E-Series boxes of Force 10 networks is being usedi as the hub, which can support up 10 56 10 Gig Ethernet ports. Read news at:

Monday, September 19, 2005

Riverstone introduces Ethernet Access Router

Two Carrier Ethenet Access Routers introduced by Riverstone. This shall provide Tier One carriers and competitive service providers the high reliability and scalability needed to successfully deliver next generation business and residential triple play services in a high quality, low-cost platform. Read news at:

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Update on EPON

Here's a brief update on activities in the Ethernet PON world over the last month:

- Passave Inc. pushing for IPO which it expects to generate $90 million. News at:

- Teknovus announcing its ambitions for next generation EPON standard, News at:

- Alloptic generates $30 million of additional funding. News at:

British Telecom offering London wide Ethernet LANs

Ethernet Virtual LAN (EVLAN) increases the distance, and the number of connections possible, by linking sites through six major BT points of presence (POPs). This will allow BT to offer 10Mbps, 100Mbps or 1Gbps of uncontended LAN bandwidth between any two points. Read at:

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Carrier Ethernet World Congress

is on this week at Berlin. Its organized by Metro Ethernet Form (MEF). The major highlight has been MEF announcing the first certified Carrrier Ethernet Vendors. More info at:

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Ethernet making big waves

10 years back, who would have thought that the simple, naive, trusted Ethernet would outplace every other competing technology including ATM. This simple protocol has evolved a lot over the years.

The objective of this forum is to collect news on "next generation" Ethernet products. Specifically Ethernet Passive Optical Networks (EPON) standardized in the IEEE 802.3ah, and 10 Gig Ethernet standardized in IEEE

We shall mainly be reporting on news from public sources like company websites, news forums, news websites, etc. so no insider info here :)

Happy reading !!!