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Higher Speed Ethernet – 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Copper Cable Assembly Specifications
Keywords: high speed copper interconnect, Ethernet , 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s transmission
Background: Approved in December 2007 the 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Ethernet standards project- designated IEEE 802.3ba-is chartered to extend the Ethernet protocol to operating speeds of 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s for both carrier networks (ISP’s) and enterprise networks (privately owned) while maintaining maximum compatibility with the installed base of Ethernet interfaces. The IEEE 802.3ba Task Force (the group chartered to develop the 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Ethernet specifications) has identified passive twinaxial copper cable assemblies of lengths up to at least 10 meters as a viable media objective for the interconnection of switch’s aggregated in equipment racks, interconnecting high performance computing devices, and for interconnecting network storage devices within the data center, computer room, and central office environments Abstract: The paper will provide a detailed technical overview of the validation of achieving 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Ethernet over 10 meters of passive twinaxial copper cable assemblies. The copper media specifications will be explored in detail including an overview on the specification development analysis methodologies.
Chris DiMinico, Consultant
Leoni High Speed Cables
Chelmsford, MA

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