SOURCE: 100G Alliance

June 16, 2008 08:00 ET

Road to 100G Alliance Forms Technical Committee, Kicks-Off Formal Working Groups

Alliance Technical Working Groups to Evaluate Potential Implementation Obstacles in 100G Data Path and Optical Interfaces

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - June 16, 2008) - The Road to 100G Alliance today announced that it has formed an official Technical Committee chartered to identify gaps in technology and standards that could impact the rollout of 100G OTN and Ethernet networking platforms. Lalit Merani, Product Planning Manager at Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, has been appointed the Chairperson of the Technical Committee and will oversee the committee's Working Groups.

The first two Working Groups formed by the committee will focus on Optical Interfaces and Electrical Interfaces in the data path. The committee members will liaise with other organizations such as the Ethernet Alliance, IEEE, Interlaken Alliance, ITU-T, OIF and others that already have begun addressing some of the potential issues. The charter of the groups will be to evaluate existing and developing technology and standards to highlight issues and to make recommendations if conflicts or gaps exist as they relate to 100G component and system designs.

"Interoperability of 100G optical and electrical components represents two of the most critical areas that need early resolution if 100G systems are to reach the market quickly," said Lalit Merani, Technical Committee Chairperson. "That is why we have chosen these two groups to initiate our technical efforts."

These Working Groups address two of the seven technical areas identified by the Road to 100G Alliance as potential impediments to the implementation of 100G platforms. The complete whitepaper outlining the challenges can be found at the Alliance website,

"The formal kick-off of our technical efforts represents another achievement for the Alliance in its first year of operation," said Bill Weisinger, chairman and president, Road to 100G Alliance. "We are on our way to creating the 'vast ecosystem' we envisioned when we founded the Alliance and have created an awareness of our ability to facilitate the implementation of next generation high performance networking platforms."

The Road to 100G Alliance will be hosting a panel session at the NXTcomm 2008 conference in Las Vegas to discuss the challenges and solutions for implementation of 100G networks. It will be held in the NXTploration Theater on the show floor, on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 12:30 PM. The session will be hosted and moderated by Michael Howard, Infonetics Research.

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The Road to 100G Alliance is a nonprofit corporation formed by its members for the purpose of providing seamless interoperability among the disparate, standards-based components required to build high capacity network elements. Product offerings from the members can deliver the high performance required in next generation equipment by providing solutions capable of up to 40-Gbps line rates scalable to 100-Gbps today. The establishment of a 100G ecosystem will serve network equipment vendors and their service provider and enterprise customers with valuable services and will facilitate a more aggressive creation of the next generation networking infrastructure.

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